Better Sleep, Younger Brain: The Importance of Good Sleep and How a CPAP Mask Can Help

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Everyone knows a good night’s sleep is important. But just how important? According to a new study published in the journal of SLEEP, less sleep could equal faster brain aging for seniors. The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore found that when seniors got less sleep than they should have, they had faster brain ventricle enlargement and a decline in cognitive performance. These researchers believe that reduced sleep in seniors leads to faster brain aging. Another scary link: Brain ventricle enlargement is known by doctors as a mark of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Jayhawk Pharmacy wants you to get a good night’s sleep every night to improve your overall health.

Seven hours of sleep is optimal for aging adults. That number is often difficult for adults to reach with their busy schedules and worrying thoughts keeping them up at night. However, sometimes another culprit is to blame: Sleep apnea.

Do you have sleep apnea?

More than 12 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. More than half of these people are overweight and the disorder is more common among men.

Do you have these symptoms?

  •           Waking up choking or gasping
  •           Loud snoring
  •           Waking up with a dry or sore throat
  •           Lack of energy or sleepiness during the day
  •           Morning headaches
  •           Sleepiness while driving
  •           Restless sleep
  •           Mood changes, forgetfulness, decreased sex drive
  •           Insomnia or several awakenings at night

Jayhawk Pharmacy offers solutions for sleep apnea. Once you and your doctor have determined you have sleep apnea, visit us for CPAP and BiPAP machines, masks, nasal pillows and refills. You can see our sleep apnea product selection here. Don’t suffer through bad sleep any longer. Talk to your doctor about your sleeping habits and if you have sleep apnea, work with us to sleep easier! 

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