Sleep apnea’s impact on your brain

It wasn’t long ago that we talked about sleep apnea.

It’s one of those conditions that often flies under the radar.

Or, at the very least, gets left untreated for far too long—since conventional treatment isn’t well-tolerated.

Well, as a reader of mine, you know that sleep is one of the cornerstones to good health.

And now, research reiterates how this common sleep disorder could impact your aging brain.

Your brain needs to rest

Data pulled from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) looked at over 4,200 U.S. adults.

Participants completed surveys that analyzed sleep, memory, cognition, and decision-making skills.

Those who reported things like snoring, gasping, or breathing pauses were categorized as sleep apnea patients.

And those who detailed memory issues, confusion, lack of concentration, or an inability to make decisions were classified as experiencing cognitive decline.

Ultimately, researchers uncovered a significantly significant link between sleep apnea and cognitive function.

In fact, those with symptoms of sleep apnea were more likely to also experience memory or cognitive symptoms.

Recognize the root cause

These findings don’t come as a surprise to me.

After all, sleep apnea patients often fail to achieve a deep, restorative sleep.

As a result, blood vessels to the brain become restricted, ultimately impacting white matter—the area of the brain that controls cognitive function and memory.

So, if you suffer from sleep apnea, let’s back up to treat the root cause… before it’s too late for your brain.

For many sufferers, that means getting rid of excess weight, cleaning up your diet, moving your body (exercise), and of course, prioritizing good, quality sleep.

To learn additional ways to protect and restore memory, strengthen focus, and fight dementia, check out my Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan.


“Memory, Cognitive Symptoms Linked to Sleep Apnea.” Medpage Today, 03/04/2024. (