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Wear Your CPAP Because Study says Sleep Apnea Can Cause Brain Damage

By on September 3, 2015
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This is for my friends who are tempted not to wear your CPAP machines when you take a nap. zzzzzzzzzzz.

It is really not that big of a deal to put it on.

 

And it is kind of cute.

 

By: Emily Lunardo (Health News)

Obstructive sleep apnea is causing brain damage by breaking down the blood-brain barrier – a vital player in the safeguarding of brain tissue. A recent study at UCLA uncovered the first evidence that proves the dangers of obstructive sleep apnea on the brain.

When the blood-brain barrier is broken or compromised, it is not able to function properly in its protective role. When it is functioning, it is able to limit dangers to the brain such as infections, chemicals and harmful bacteria by successfully protecting the brain tissue. However, a compromised blood-brain barrier is linked to substantial damage in the brain, leading to epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, meningitis, Alzheimer’s disease and other serious conditions.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a fairly common, and often serious sleep disorder, affecting around 22 million adults in the U.S. During sleep, it causes repeated disruptions in breathing by narrowing or blocking the airways. It most commonly affects those who are overweight, middle aged or older adults. Disrupted breathing is caused when the throat relaxes and is often noticeable due to its most common symptom: snoring.

The new research could initiate innovative methods for treating obstructive sleep apnea and aiding in the prevention of potential brain damage. Obstructive sleep apnea can also cause depression, memory loss, anxiety and high blood pressure. Over an extended period of time, aside from causing consistent sleepiness through the day, the effects of the disorder can cause stroke, diabetes, endocrine-related problems and……..

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