(Latinos Health) – People with sleeping disorders, such as heavy snoring and apnea, are more likely to develop mental decline earlier, according to a new study.
However, the study revealed that those who treat their sleeping disorder with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may delay cognitive impairment, as reported by Reuters.
The U.S. study published in the Neurology journal says that breathing disruption, especially during sleeping, can affect the brain.
“We didn’t’ find that snoring causes dementia,” according to Dr. Ricardo S. Osorio, lead author from The Center for Brain Health at NYU School of Medicine in New York.
“We found that in those people that reported that they had sleep apnea, and were not treating it, the age of decline was earlier.”