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Snoring is linked with memory and thinking decline

A resent research published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology has determined that snoring may have a close relation to memory and thinking problem at an earlier age. The study shows that abnormal breathing patterns during night's sleep such as heavy snoring, sleep apnea, etc. are more common in patients of retirement age. Thus these conditions affect more than 50% of men and 26% of women. For the study there were analyzed 2,470 medical stories of patients aged between 55 and 90 years. Patients were categorized as those suffering from Alzheimer’s condition, in early stage of MCI (mild cognitive impairment), and those who have no thinking and memory concerns.

The results emphasized that participants who suffered from snoring were diagnosed with MCI or Alzheimer on average 10 years earlier than participants who didn’t suffer from this medical condition. For instance, those patients who had sleep breathing concerns developed Alzheimer five years earlier than those who didn't suffer from this condition. And those who suffered from snoring developed MCI nearly at the age of 77, while those who didn’t at the age of 90. Findings have concluded that there is a strong relation between thinking and memory declines and snoring. They proved to be very useful and laid a foundation for further studies in this area.

Ricardo S. Osorio, Tyler Gumb, Elizabeth Pirraglia, Andrew W. Varga, Shou-En Lu, Jason Lim, Margaret E. Wohlleber, Emma L. Ducca, Viachaslau Koushyk, Lidia Glodzik, Lisa Mosconi, Indu Ayappa, David M. Rapoport, Mony J. De Leon. Sleep-disordered breathing advances cognitive decline in the elderly. Neurology, April 2015.

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