Sleep Disordered Breathing and Risk of Cognitive Impairment Linked

Cognitive function of the brain
Cognitive function of the brain
Data from 200 participants were analyzed to determinet he link between sleep disordered breathing, cognitive function, and cognitive impairment.

HealthDay News — Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with increased likelihood of cognitive impairment, according to a review published online in JAMA Neurology.

Yue Leng, PhD, from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues examined the correlation between SDB and risk of cognitive impairment in a systematic review. Data were included from cross-sectional and prospective studies with at least 200 participants (mean age, 40 years or older). Fourteen studies were included, of which 6 were prospective. The studies covered 4,288,419 men and women.

The researchers found that in pooled analysis of the 6 prospective studies, those with SDB were more likely to develop cognitive impairment (risk ratio [RR], 1.26; 95% CI, 1.05-1.5), with no indication of publication bias but significant heterogeneity between studies. The pooled RR was 1.35 (95% CI, 1.11-1.65) after the researchers removed 1 study that introduced significant heterogeneity. In pooled analysis of the 7 cross-sectional studies, those with SBD had worse executive function (standard mean difference, -0.05; 95% CI, -0.09 to 0), with no indication of heterogeneity or publication bias. There was no correlation between SDB and global cognition or memory.

“Further studies are required to determine the mechanisms linking these common conditions and whether treatment of SDB might reduce risk of cognitive impairment,” the authors write.

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Leng Y, McEvoy CT, Allen IE, Yaffe K. Association of sleep-disordered breathing with cognitive function and risk of cognitive impairment [published online August 28, 2017]. JAMA Neurol. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.2180