Sleep apnea may have an impact on brain function.
Researchers examined the levels of two chemicals found in the brain known as Gaba and Glutamate.
Gaba acts as a mood inhibitor which slows things down and keeps people calm and glutamate has the opposite effect in high levels it stresses out the brain making it not work well.
They found people with sleep apnea have lower levels of Gaba and higher levels of Glutamate which researchers say could cause changes in the brain.
The team notes the findings underline the importance of treating sleep apnea to help avoid any unnecessary brain changes.
Findings appear in the “Journal of Sleep Research.”