June 13, 2008

Get that sleep!

Now I know why I have been forgetting things lately! :)
Common Sleep Problem Linked With Memory Loss

The part of the brain that stores memory appears to shrink in people with sleep apnea, adding further evidence that the sleep and breathing disorder is a serious health threat. The findings, from brain scan studies conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, show for the first time that sleep apnea is associated with tissue loss in brain regions that store memory. And while the thinking and focus problems of sleep apnea patients often are attributed to sleep deprivation, the scans show something far more insidious is occurring.

3 comments:

Kim said...

Believe me, if you had this, your wife would let you know, because she wouldn't be able to sleep well either (extreme snoring being symptom of this). There's a oxygen-mask like machine that you can wear to help you sleep...it's very Aliens-esque (and no, I don't have this problem, but have known, and currently know, people who do)

Sanjeev said...

Was written only in jest. Hence the smilie. I know I do not have sleep apnea - -just that I have not been sleeping well and I oftentimes feel that my memory ain't what it used to be. So, kiddingly, I brought the two unrelated things together in saying what I did.

Didn't mean to make light of a serious condition, which is sleep apnea.

Kim said...

I know, I didn't mean to come off so seriously, as well. Just passing along more information one can use to impress people at picnics or parties, etc. :)

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