Research indicates that both sleep apnoea and snoring are linked to decline and cognitive decline. Sleep apnoea has been linked to numerous health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. The study evaluated people with untreated sleep breathing problems versus those without sleep problems.
The findings of the study were that 52 percent of elderly men and 26 percent of elderly women showed abnormal breathing patterns in their sleep such as heavy snoring and sleep apnoea.
The people with untreated sleep breathing were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease ten years earlier than the people without sleep breathing problems.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.