There’s been a lot more studies recently linking untreated obstructive sleep apnea with brain damage. One study out of UCLA showed how obstructive sleep apnea can damage the brain. One of my past guests for my Expert Interviews, Dr. Joseph Borelli, talked about how often he sees brain damage in patients with severe untreated sleep apnea (iTunes Podcast #14). Here’s a recent article featuring Dr. Borelli on Discover.
I’ve had many patients tell me that their memory became better after being treated for obstructive sleep apnea. This is in line with a 2010 study showing that damaged areas of the hippocampus can regenerate partially after being on CPAP.
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