Sleep Deprivation Effects on Cognitive Health
Research continues to explore the effects of the sleep deprivation and lack of deep sleep has on mental and cognitive health. The detrimental effects are quite astounding.
Some of the research shows that lack of deep sleep deprives us of being able to create and store memories. This can lead to poor performance in school, at work as well as unstored memories of experiences with loved ones. Our cognitive abilities greatly depend on an alert brain which can only occur with sleep. In a long-term state of sleep deprivation, a toxic protein builds up called beta amyloid which can lead to dementia and Alzheimers later in life.
So how long can we last without sleep before we start to see declines in brain function? “The answer seems to be about 16 hours of wakefulness,” according to Neuroscientist and author of “Why We Sleep”, Mathew Walker. “Once you get past 16 hours, that’s when we start to see mental deterioration and physiological deterioration in the body.” He goes on to say that wakefulness is essentially low-level brain damage.
Untreated long-term sleep apnea is so detrimental to your cognitive and mental health that it simply cannot be ignored. Please do not wait another day. Call your physician for an exam to discuss your sleep apnea symptoms and ask for a referral to a sleep apnea specialist. Ask for a referral to Dr. Todd Morgan, a leading expert in the field of sleep apnea.
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