Podcast #17: Brain Damage And Sleep Apnea – Interview with Dr. Ronald Harper

In this podcast, I have a fascinating discussion with Dr. Ronald M. Harper, Professor of Neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Harper shares some profound insights about why brain damage goes hand in hand with obstructive sleep apnea. In this interview, you’ll learn: Why Obstructive Sleep Apnea (or OSA) can cause brain damage […]

A Matter Of Life And Death: Dr. Borelli’s Wake Up Call

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 […]

5 Areas of Brain Damage Caused By Obstructive Sleep Apnea

One of the most common complaints by my patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is memory loss. Judith is a 55 year old woman who used to have a sharp memory, but now is having trouble with names and losing her keys all the time. Things got much worse when she gained more weight, which worsened her […]

More Studies Link Sleep Apnea to Mild Cognitive Impairment & Dementia

Almost every week, I come across another study that links poor sleep or sleep  apnea to dementia. Here’s a paper that shows that sleep deprivation increases beta amyloid production. Beta amyloid plaques are what accumulates in dementia and alzheimer’s disease, and is the current hot topic in Alzheimer’s research.  This paper showed that chronic intermittent […]