Have You Been Forgetful?
Anyone can be forgetful sometimes. But constant forgetfulness can be a sign of a bigger issue. Not getting enough sleep can be one major cause of memory loss and forgetfulness. Sleep apnea affects your brain and your ability to recall memories and information.
Learn how a lack of sleep can affect your memory, and how Dr. Iregui can help you.
How Sleep Impacts Your Memory
During the deepest cycle of sleep, your brain is at work processing memories and committing them to your own personal archives. This stage of sleep is called REM sleep, or rapid eye movement. During REM, your brain organizes your thoughts and feelings, releases emotion-regulating hormones, and more.
In order to reach REM sleep, you need to cycle through the other three stages of sleep first. If you wake up throughout the night, you’ll have difficulty getting to REM and your brain won’t be able to perform these much-needed tasks. The events of the day may disappear before they can be committed to your memory.
Sleep Apnea Can Impair Your Sleep
One sleep disorder that can cause severe consequences is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA causes your airway to become obstructed while you’re asleep, temporarily halting the flow of oxygen to your brain. When this happens, your brain will signal your body to wake up briefly and resume breathing.
People with sleep apnea can wake up many times throughout the night and not even realize it. Although these interruptions are often too short to be remembered, it’s enough to interfere with your sleep cycles. When you go back to sleep, you’ll have to cycle through the stages of sleep to reach REM again. But many sleep apnea sufferers will wake up again before they reach REM.
Treatment Can Sharpen Your Brain
If you suspect sleep apnea could be affecting your life, we highly recommend seeking a sleep test. This test can accurately diagnose your sleep issues so you can find a treatment that will improve your quality of life. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Iregui can help you find a treatment plan that works for you.
Dr. Iregui specializes in improving her patients’ lives by using comfortable and convenient oral appliances. These appliances are shaped like mouthguards, but they keep your airway open while you sleep. They’re often just as effective as CPAP, so you won’t have to worry about being attached to a machine while you sleep.
Patients using oral appliances often notice an immediate improvement in their lives after they begin treatment. You’ll feel more energetic, morning headaches should disappear, and your memory will likely improve.
Contact Dr. Iregui for Sleep Apnea Treatment
If your memory problems are related to sleep apnea, or you suspect they are, Dr. Iregui and our Gig Harbor team are here for you. We can direct you to the resources you need and help you find a treatment option that invigorates your life.
To learn more about your options, contact our office by calling 253-204-2643 or by filling out our convenient contact form. We’re looking forward to seeing how we can help change your life.