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What Snoring Does To Your Brain

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At night, your heart health can suffer if you toss and turn in bed, snore and suffer sleep apnea (periodically stop breathing).  But it’s not just your cardiovascular wellness at risk. Those disturbances can do unusual things to your brain, too.

Breathing problems, while you sleep, cause memory problems. A study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston shows that people with sleep apnea have more problems remembering new information than do relaxed sleepers.

Under normal circumstances, your brain uses sleep time to consolidate your memories. But when you can’t breathe properly in bed, your brain can’t assemble its memory pieces properly.

“Optimal overnight memory consolidation in humans requires a certain amount of sleep continuity independent of the total amount of sleep” conclude the researchers.

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