Sleep Breathing Linked to Memory

It makes sense, but had not previously been proven. Some recent studies on the risks of dementia and memory problems in older adults has linked sleep breathing to heightened risk of memory issues in later life. Sleep breathing increased the chances of developing memory issues by about 15%. Researchers speculate that this is due to the lack of oxygen available to the brain during nighttime hours. Oxygen levels in the blood play a role in memory, especially in the elderly, and anytime oxygen levels are compromised, the risk of developing memory issues increases.

Studies like these are so important in a day and age where we have the knowledge to treat sleep breathing issues. Treating your sleep problems now could prevent problems in the future–as well as help you get the rest you need right now!

For more information about sleep breathing, treatments, and what on earth this has to do with a dental blog, check out our webpage’s section on sleep.

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)