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Alzheimer Is it because of lack of sleep?
Posted on: June 17th, 2019

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One study says, that not getting enough sleep or having a poor and interrupted sleep, could be related to the accumulation in the brain of an abnormal protein called beta-amyloid plaque, which is associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Sleep can help "eliminate" waste products in the brain, including beta-amyloid plaque.

The dream helps to "clean" the brain.

During sleep, the brain cleans itself, eliminating toxic metabolic byproducts, such as beta-amyloid. Beta-amyloid is eliminated twice as fast during sleep as during waking hours, thus preventing Alzheimer's.

Plaque accumulation can cause Alzheimer's.

Researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins asked 70 adults aged 53 to 91 to report how much they slept each night and how often they woke up or had sleep interruptions.

Then, participants underwent brain imaging where abnormal amounts of protein were found in those who reported problems sleeping.

Reaching the conclusion that the connection is real, noting that untreated sleep apnea has also been linked to Alzheimer's risk; demonstrated a relationship between poor sleep and cognitive decline in older adults.

Lack of sleep and health risks

Five hours or less of sleep is not enough, while the idea that as you get older you need less sleep is not true.

People make the mistake of thinking that they only need enough sleep to "survive"; Those who sleep little, regardless of their age, can have health problems not only mental (case of Alzheimer's), but also cardiovascular.

Lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain and increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, depression, etc.

Any sleep problem, such as not getting enough sleep, snoring, stop breathing while you are sleeping, waking up several times, you should schedule an appointment with a specialist.

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