One minute, your wife is about to hit you in the head with a pillow to stop you from snoring.
But just as she lifts it… you stop on your own.
It’s late, so maybe she rolls over and goes right back to sleep herself. But if she doesn’t, if she watches you for a couple of seconds longer, she’ll realize you didn’t just stop snoring.
You stopped BREATHING.
Terrifying? You bet it is. Watching someone with sleep apnea is like watching someone drown on dry land, with each loud snore followed by total silence… and then a big, long, desperate gasp for air.
Now, the latest research shows it’s not just frightening.
It’s DANGEROUS, because older folks with apnea face a higher risk of the serious and, in some cases, even severe cognitive problems that can lead to the one thing scarier than choking in your sleep: dementia.
Researchers put seniors through the paces of cognitive tests to figure out who’s still sharp and who’s slipping.
Then, these folks went through a sleep study.
Not at all surprisingly, the folks with all their brainpower slept like babies — and I don’t mean waking up screaming every 45 minutes.
They were O-U-T.
They slept well and aced tests – and that’s no coincidence.
The folks who were slipping, on the other hand, were much more likely to battling those terrifying nighttime apnea episodes.
The worse the nighttime breathing problems, the worse they did on those brainpower tests.
Again, not a coincidence. Studies have shown repeatedly that when you stop breathing from apnea, your brain starts to choke. It NEEDS air… and when it doesn’t get a little oxygen, it starts to rot from the inside.
Think that’s frightening? That’s only the beginning! Apnea comes with plenty of other risks, as folks who have the condition face higher odds of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and more… up to and including death itself.
If you’ve got apnea, your doc will have plenty of ideas — and most of them are bad. He’ll try to sell you on everything from surgery to breathing masks.
But the surgery can leave you in pain – and do little for your apnea – and the masks are so noisy and uncomfortable that most folks can’t do sleep with them.
Don’t worry; there’s a much simpler solution.
In most cases, apnea is a side effect of obesity. So, losing just 10 percent of your body weight will help you breathe easier, sleep better, and stay sharper.