Expert Interview: Dr. Mack Jones on Neurologic Complications of Sleep Apnea

In this month’s Expert Interview, I talk with Dr. Mack Jones, neurologist, sleep physician, and author of the book, Deadly Sleep: Is Your Sleep Killing You? about some of the major neurologic complications of obstructive sleep apnea. In this fascinating and provocative discussion, Dr. Jones and I talk about:

– How sleep apnea can cause Alzheimer’s disease

– The link between multiple sclerosis and sleep apnea

– How ADHD and autism can be caused by sleep-breathing problems

– Seizures and sleep apnea

– And much more….

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4 thoughts on “Expert Interview: Dr. Mack Jones on Neurologic Complications of Sleep Apnea

  1. I believe that the body design is survival and that the CPR priorities run the show round-the-clock. I can not understand why it seems that medicine and medical research does not appear to respect this, except during medical emergency, and focuses on apparent affects of this perspective in it’s focus on research, rather than symptom or affect management at the apparent level of the symptoms or affect.
    To me the question is why is the body behaving/adapting in the way it is to produce an unwanted change or imbalance, etc. and to keep asking why to the endpoint for survival, which I see as oxygen to the cells.
    How can we keep our heads up and face others and ourselves knowing we are ignoring this? How does one ignore this? How can we make this the public discourse in our conversations on health and “health care”?

  2. If O.S.A. contributes to Alzheimer’s disease then how could former State Rep. Robert C. Donatucci (deceased) hold his office ? Isn’t that a simplistic cause-effect relation ? Aren’t many other factors like toxicity, poor diet, and genetics far greater contributors ?

  3. Jay,

    I’m sure Dr. Jones can give you a good answer to your question, but in general, hypoxia from obstructive sleep apnea is a major aggravator of brain inflammation, clotting and nerve damage. If you don’t eat well or you’re exposed to toxins, then hypoxia only makes things worse. Also, there are different levels of risk. Just because you have obstructive sleep apnea, it doesn’t mean that you’ll get into a car accident or develop Alzheimer’s. But your risk will increase. There are also different degrees of severity. You can suffer a minor fender-bender (mild memory loss) to a major accident (stroke). Hope you can join use to continue this conversation.

  4. I have OSA was dx’d as mild to moderate in 2006. I’ve been having memory loss problems (mildly) since 2000 when I seen a neurophysch. My Primary Care Doctor thought I might have OSA and was to have me do a sleep study in 2001 but that didn’t happen. Is there anyway to get a time frame?

    Also I have “normal pressure hydrocephalus” but I’m only 45 does any of these make sense.