A multidisciplinary team of researchers discovered that an oral appliance not only improves breathing rate during sleep, but also appears to reverse cognitive impairment.
A good night’s sleep plays an essential role in regulating brain health by removing the waste material and toxins that accumulate. Although many things can disturb sleep, one of the most common causes is snoring or other breathing issues that cause obstructive sleep apnea.
Researchers looked at whether an oral appliance, which snaps into the mouth at night to prevent snoring, affects breathing rate and cognitive function. For four weeks, participants wore the device at night and snoring decreased. The researchers found that the dental device to reduce snoring improved cognitive function in individuals who suffer from mild cognitive impairment.
Alternatives to medicine for treating snoring, like dental appliances, could help individuals sleep better and improve their cognitive function. Sleep medications give individuals the impression that they’ve slept well, when in reality the brain never enters a deep phase of the sleep essential for the housekeeping process to rid the body of toxins.
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