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Symptoms of Dementia May Actually Indicate Sleep Disorder

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

If you-or your dependent loved one-have been diagnosed with dementia or another severe medical condition that affects your ability to work and engage in substantial gainful activity you may qualify to receive Social Security disability benefit.

According to a report from CNN Health, symptoms of dementia may actually indicate that an individual has a sleep disorder.

Cognitive impairment is one of the hallmarks to determining if an individual is suffering from dementia. But cognitive impairment and memory lapses might also be the result of a sleep disorder. When an individual is not getting adequate rest it can interfere with their ability to recall things.

In addition, depression can be a symptom of dementia but it can also be a symptom for someone who is suffering from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.

While not heard of as much as sleep apnea, another disorder called circadian rhythm disorder is one where an individual gets very sleepy in the evening but wakes up at 3 or 4 a.m. and cannot go back to sleep.

This can sometimes be treated with what is known as bright light therapy, which helps patients to go to bed later than they normally would. This helps them to sleep longer into the morning.

The similarity in symptoms for both conditions means it would benefit patients who are suffering from symptoms of dementia to be tested for a sleep disorder.

Consulting with a Social Security disability representative should be your next step if you need help in applying for Social Security disability benefits.

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