Snoring linked with Alzheimer’s

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Sawing logs may be more than just a nuisance to your sleeping buddy. It could spike your chances of getting Alzheimer’s.

It's a scary thought, seeing as somewhere between 19 and 40 percent of adults snore (and that percentage only goes up with age), but researchers behind a study in the journal Neurology say any disruption of breathing during sleep can affect your brain.

Paul Schulz, M.D., neurologist affiliated with the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center says, "People will stop breathing for 30 to 60 seconds and as their oxygen levels go down, an alarm will go off in their brain that wakes them out of that so they can breathe."

It's said that particularly sleep apnea—a form of snoring where folks intermittently stop breathing—shows an association with memory problems and other cognitive impairment. It's also linked with high blood pressure, weight gain, impotency, cardiovascular issues and headaches if left untreated.

Schulz adds, "Memory loss phase and the phase of actual Alzheimer's came out much sooner, like eight years, in people with sleep apnea."

But don't be alarmed, or let it make you lose sleep. Maybe just take a breath, and talk to a doctor.

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