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[-] hping4ans3rs08 +1 point · about 2 months ago

I'm concerned about a few unexplained memory lapses on really bad, tired days. I've just Lost a few hours here and there. Is this part of the osa? Newly diagnosed and worried...already made appt w a neurologist but have to wait a few weeks. Did anyone else think they were going crazy?? Please help!

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · about 2 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Memory loss is a pretty complicated issue and OSA MAY contribute but there are other factors not related to apnea incidents that may also be at play. I am SURE that your neurologist will have a much better handle on these factors. Bad and tired days for me, prior to beginning therapy were probably related to very low blood oxygen for long periods due to OSA. Some folks refer to this as brain fog. May or may not be your issue but you will likely end up with a sleep study if the neurologist sees a relationship with bad sleep and the memory drop outs. As I get older, I am pretty sure my memory isn't as snappy as when I was younger and that may also be a factor.

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[-] hping4ans3rs08 +0 points · about 2 months ago

Thank you

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[-] Wildflower +0 points · about 1 month ago

A few months ago I went to my primary care and demanded a dementia screen after some pretty bad episodes of memory loss. He said I was too young. Passed the test and Doc referred me for sleep study. BEST thing that ever happened!! Never thought my since childhood brain fog, perceived laziness, driftiness and anxiety was anything but my personality. I also thought I was crazy. Its been 3 months with my Resmed airsense 10. Tremendous difference in my life. All of above GONE. Good luck to you!

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[-] SleepyMommy703 +0 points · about 1 month ago

I've experienced memory issues as well. I always feel foggy and some days I struggle a lot to remember even simple words like what you call a cup. Usually those are the days I slept the worst and have the most fatigue. But I ended up back at my neurologist's office earlier this year because I was having trouble remembering the names of people that I know rather well. And not just 5 minutes later I recall it but I spend days racking my brain totally unable to remember the name of the woman I shared an office space with for almost 2 years. And even when I finally figure it out it feels wrong in my head like it's not connecting. I had a mini stroke a couple years ago at age 37 and this was very similar to the disconnect I felt after that. But an MRI and EEG came back normal so my doctor told me I should get back to my sleep doctor and treat my apnea again as she felt it could be sleep related. I haven't been back on it long enough yet to see if it really makes a difference, but I'm hoping it will.

Good luck, I hope you get some answers.

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