The Relationship between Sleep Apnea and Cognitive Functioning

The Relationship between Sleep Apnea and Cognitive Functioning

M. S. S. Khan (University of Louisville, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-723-7.ch017
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The brain is the most complicated and least studied area of Neuro Sceince. In recent times, it has been one of the fastest growing areas of study in the Medical Sciences. This is mostly due to computers and computational techniques that have emerged in the last 10-15 years. Cognitive Neuropsychology aims to understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to psychological processes. It places emphasis on studying the cognitive effects of brain injury or neurological illness with a view to inferring models of normal cognitive functioning. We investigate the relationship between sleep apnea and learning disorders. Sleep apnea is a neural disorder, where individuals find it difficult to sleep because they stop breathing. We want to see if patients with learning disabilities should be treated for sleep apnea.

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