Can some one tell me about wether they have experienced memery decline due to sleep apnea?
Have noticed improvement after starting cpap/apap therapy?
How long did it take to notice improvement?
Yes, I have also experienced memory decline. In the first time I was very tired during the day and couldn't focus on my work. Then I noticed that I had forgot a few things - I could not remember passwords or missed important appointments. I was sad and realized that there was something wrong with me. After I had started my therapy (CPAP), my memory improved again and I felt much better. So I can really recommend a therapy, I am sure it will increase the quality of your life.
It happens and you can fix it with a combination of CPAP and provigil.
you can use CPAP with a battery pack in places where no power is available and I have used it on an overnight airplane trip.
The brain makes memory in the hippocampus - which looks like 2 bumps at the base of the brain. One study using MRI shows a control group compared to OSA group where the OSA group has really smaller bumps - so it can be seen whether or not there is a loss of tissue. I expect that the person felt a change way before anything could be seen on MRI.
What happened to me--
I experienced dramatic memory decline to the point I had to take a medical leave from my jobs; I could not perform work that I had done just a few months earlier. This change was apparent to others and I had no idea why. I was working on a project to replace a legacy sytstem with new hardware and software, and the tasks involved learning the business and figuring out how to improve it. I also taught a class at night.
This what happened\
had I but known at each of these events that osa was really possible, I would not have had to suffer through all the rest--
2 years before: my blood pressure went up even though I was riding a bike 10 miles 3 times per week
1 year before: I am a software programmer and easy tasks became harder
3 months before: falling asleep on a plane and waking myself up by talking when I thought I was dreaming.
1 month before: warned at work about performance
-- resigned teaching job, took health leave
Sleep test: no doubt about sleep apnea!, started using cpap
next 2 months:
off work, sitting around, being dumb and not bored, enjoying repetative chores
3 months after: found new software analysis work providing expertise to a pilot project- I had to develop new methods and explain how they worked to all levels at the agency. And I could do this well with the CPAP.