Study: CPAP Therapy Can Reverse Brain Damage Caused by Sleep Apnea
The effects of untreated sleep apnea aren’t just physical. According to a press release published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, individuals who suffer from severe sleep apnea are at risk of developing brain damage – but fortunately, the damage can be reversed with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy.
A team of researchers led by Dr. Vincenza Castronovo, clinical psychologist at Italy’s Sleep Disorders Center at San Raffaele Hospital and Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, studied 17 men with severe, untreated sleep apnea for a period of one year.
At the beginning of the study, the participants had significantly reduced white matter fiber integrity throughout the brains, causing impairments to their cognition, mood and daytime alertness. However, after a full year of CPAP therapy, they experienced “an almost complete reversal of white matter abnormalities,” reports the source.
“Structural neural injury of the brain of obstructive sleep apnea patients is reversible with effective treatment,” Dr. Castronovo concluded in a press statement. “Treatment with CPAP, if patients are adherent to therapy, is effective for normalizing the brain structure.”
If you’re one of the estimated 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat this disorder. But simply using your CPAP device when you go to sleep isn’t enough to keep you healthy; it’s equally important to keep your device clean so that it functions properly and doesn’t make you sick. While there are a number of ways to clean your CPAP device, the SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer is by far the easiest and most effective.
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