Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes of disability in Singapore and worldwide.

The disease is caused by a buildup of plaques in the brain. These plaques contain amyloid proteins. During the course of the disease, the plaques may accumulate and spread, leading to cognitive decline. In some cases, they also form tangles.

Alzheimer’s disease is most prevalent among people aged 65 and older. However, other conditions can contribute to the development of dementia. Some of these include sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts a person’s breathing while asleep. This causes oxygen levels to drop and can cause brain cells to die.

OSA increases the risk of several diseases, including dementia. Research shows that patients who suffer from untreated apnea are at greater risk of dying or having a heart attack.

Research shows that sleep apnea can have a negative effect on cognitive functions. As a result, patients who suffer from the condition have decreased concentration, verbal skills, and attention.

OSA has been shown to increase the levels of amyloid plaques in the brain. Researchers think that this accumulation may contribute to the progressive cognitive decline found in AD.

Alzheimer’s disease can be diagnosed based on symptoms, including changes in thinking, memory, behavior, and personality. A diagnosis can help patients understand the disease’s progression and treatment options.

Although there is no specific medication for Alzheimer’s disease, patients with the condition may benefit from receiving reassurance through gentle touch and listening to relaxing music. They can also use support services such as adult day care.

If you suspect you have sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, you can contact The Air Station, a distributor of Resmed Singapore, regarding home sleep study and sleep apnea treatments with CPAP machines and CPAP therapy:

 

The Air Station Pte Ltd
Address: 11 Lorong 3 Toa Payoh, Jackson Square, Block B #01-13, Singapore 319579, Singapore