Sleep Disorders and Memory Loss

Dr. Shapira

Are sleep disorders and memory loss plaguing your life?

sleep-disorders-and-memory-lossDo you feel tired all the time and like you can’t get enough sleep? Do you think this is having an effect on your ability to think and remember things? Both the quality and quantity of sleep can affect your memory. Fatigue interferes with your ability to retrieve and store information for later use.

If you are experiencing a sleep disorder and are experiencing memory loss, then much of what you are doing on a daily basis could be affected as a result. Whatever you are forgetting to do it will be influencing your ability to function well and enjoy life.

Maybe your brain is tired

Throughout the night, the sleep cycle plays a role in “consolidating” your memory. If you are failing to get sufficient sleep and you no longer remember what you are experiencing during the day you should explore the reasons why you are unable to sleep. There is a good reason to find out why your sleep disorder can affect your memory so that you can get back to normal.

One of the most common reasons for sleep loss, and the memory loss that goes with it, is a disorder known as sleep apnea. This is when normal breathing during the night stops and starts as the airways become temporarily blocked. When the flow of air stops you will find yourself waking up in an attempt to restart it. Normally, you can successfully restart the air flow, but only at the expense of your sleep. Sleep apnea can impact your memory, and the way your brain operates in general.

Better sleep could revive your retention

You shouldn’t just put up with poor sleep and memory loss. There are solutions available that are comfortable and effective. The lack of sleep and memory loss do not need to last forever. It is only a question of restoring your sleep and you will be back to normal. Fortunately, there are a variety of dental treatment options to improve the way you breathe and as a result, you will be able to sleep better.

There are various devices that we can provide that will ensure your airways are kept clear at night so that you breathe properly and sleep well while retaining your ability to recall.  The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) is just one appliance that can help you by opening the airway which allows oxygen to pass through to the lungs without obstruction. It looks at first sight like a sports mouth guard, but it does have a nice comfortable fit when you wear it at night and it has a 96% success rate.

Deep sleep and REM Sleep are vital for short term and long term memory

Short term memory loss is one of the first symptoms of disturbed sleep.  Cognitive function is especially connected to Stage three and four sleep.  Stage IV sleep is also known as Delta Sleep is no longer reported by sleep labs that now combine stage 3 and 4 sleep in the stage sleep classification.  This change occured partially because CPAP rarely restored stage 4 sleep so labs quit measuring Stage IIV sleeps, in fact they are no longer allowed to report stage IV sleep.

Alzheimers and Dementia are also closely tied to sleep disorders but their is a genetic link.  Poor sleep can cause more severe and more rapid onset of dementia and Alzheimers disease in patients genetically susceptible while other patients merely lose their short term memory and have decreases in cognitive thinning.  Poor sleep has an epigenetic effect on patients genetically susceptive.

Memorize this

If you are experiencing memory problems you should make sure you have a thorough examination to find out the root cause. If sleep apnea is the culprit we can install a device that will allow you to sleep better at night. More sleep could soon have a beneficial effect on the way your brain works and you should find that your memory is better, too.

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