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Can CPAP therapy for sleep apnea delay cognitive development?

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Published At April 1, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 33-year-old male with untreated sleep apnea for two years. I am about to undergo CPAP (Continous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy. I want to know whether my ability to think, learn, and concentrate return to baseline after the initiation of CPAP therapy. I would also like to know if this could have delayed my cognitive growth because the brain does stop growing by 25 years or even older. Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read the query, and I can understand your concern.

I can understand your problem and concern. CPAP (Continous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy is best for sleep apnea. It will not affect your cognition, memory, and thinking. It may improve even your cognition if it is affected due to sleep apnea. It will not stop the growth of your mind. You just keep following the below lifestyle.

  1. Exercise for 30 to 45 minutes, like at least going for a walk.

  2. You should do meditation for 20 minutes daily, just sit in one place in a comfortable position, and try to concentrate on your normal breathing. Do not stop or force yourself to stop your thoughts. Just let it be.

  3. You should eat healthy home-cooked foods.

  4. You must drink enough water.

  5. You should spend quality time with friends and family daily.

  6. You should spend time on creative hobbies like reading good books, writing journals, painting, drawing, and learning new skills or language or musical instruments.

  7. You should get enough seven to eight hours of sleep daily.

  8. You must avoid tobacco, alcohol, or any substance abuse.

I hope that you got your answer. Please let me know if you want some help.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


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