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Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Increase the Risk for Cognitive Decline

A study published in JAMA Neurology reveals a connection between obstructive sleep apnea and cognitive decline. 

Researchers found that individuals without sleep apnea had lower chances of cognitive problems over time. 

Obstructive sleep apnea involves breathing interruptions during sleep, causing periods of reduced oxygen to the brain. These pauses lead to hypoxia, potentially damaging small blood vessels and impacting brain function. 

The study included 5,946 participants aged 45 and older, showing that poor sleep and sleep apnea correlated with poorer cognition within 5 years. 

Maintaining good sleep quality and patterns seems crucial for cognitive health, with sleep apnea possibly increasing dementia risk.

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