Cognitive and Mental Health Complications
Sleep apnea can also lead to cognitive and mental health complications including increased rates of depression, cognitive impairment, and dementia. Some research found that a lack of sleep is the biggest contributor to mental health complications from sleep apnea.
The cognitive impairments from sleep apnea include a loss of memory, concept forming, motor performance and control, verbal reasoning and functioning, and speed of processing. The lack of sleep from sleep apnea affects the brain tremendously and can make even simple math feel challenging.
With sleep apnea treatment, patients can reduce their risk of developing cognitive or mental health complications.