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There are certain proteins such as alpha-synuclein and beta-amyloid that are responsible for the onset of certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
But during sleep-disordered breathing, the upper airway collapses and thus the overall process of flushing out of toxins is affected.
Obstructive sleep apnea is one such complication that does not allow the person to relax and thus the brain’s activity is also affected. All this toxic build-up then leads to the development of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
According to Jean-Paul Wiegand,
“Sleep apnea is a multifaceted contributing factor to [Alzheimer’s disease], as it [affects both] sleep quality — and, subsequently, the long-term memory consolidation that occurs during restful sleep, as well as amyloid clearance — and cardiovascular health.”
But according to the latest study, the treatment of sleep apnea can help to slow the progression of cognitive decline in people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Another research further backed that the use of myTAP also improves respiration patterns in those who snore while sleeping.
myTAP is an oral device that is placed over the teeth. With the help of this dental device, the lower jaw is slightly moved to the front so that the overall breathing process can become easy as well as snoring is reduced.
Breathing through the nose is one of the key factors for the brain to enter the state of deep sleep. Thus the use of this device is thought to bring improvements in the breathing rate and thus with the whole brain cleansing process.
Further research is needed to understand the potential combination of treatments that might work for cognitive improvement in the case of neurodegenerative diseases.