For individuals  experiencing problems with their sleep, not only does it effect their quality of life on a daily basis, but may also have long term effects as well.  According to a recent study, those struggling with sleep problems (snoring, apnea) developed cognitive problems later in life. The sleep challenged people showed signs of cognitive problems ten years earlier then those who reported  no sleep difficulties. Also within this study, those experiencing sleep-disordered breathing, Alzheimer Disease was seen five years before those who experienced no sleep problems.  Although this research is not conclusively linking the two at this time, further research is indicated in knowing more about the long term impact of sleep problems. for more information, click here