Poor sleeping patterns lead to Alzheimer’s disease

Recently at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference it was stated that there could be a possible link between sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. For a long time it has been well understood that lack of sleep or poor sleeping patterns in young adults lead to poor memory functioning. Dr. Matthew Walker connected his knowledge of sleep and Alzheimer’s and found that sleep deprivation and beta-amyloid buildup starts damaging the brain as much as 20 years before.
Studies have shown that sleep disruption is clearly a underappreciated factor and is definitely a cause that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Another study supports this notion well; If people suffer from sleep apnea, they are likely to develop Alzheimer’s at a younger age but on the reverse, it can be cured. The crucial link between sleeping patterns and Alzheimer’s disease can lead to cognitive impairments in later life that have adverse effects on young people and adults.
Adding on, improving one’s sleep may therefore enhance better clearance of excess beta-amyloid and sleep-dependent memory functions and therefore prevent the development of Alzheimer’s.
Studies have been conducted on both animals and humans to prove how sleep and Alzheimer’s have a connection. A study was carried out where on a group of seniors. The study results showed a strong correlation between lack of deep sleep and memory loss. Another one was conducted on mice which showed sleep deprivation led to more amyloid build-up.
However, the new research suggests that people who generally have sleep problems do interact with certain diseases and one of them being Alzheimer’s. The vicious cycle of sleep may be affected and in turn affect one’s memory functioning greatly. Poor sleep may increase people’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease, by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that in turn further interrupts shut-eye.
The work comes along as researcher’s still hunt ways to prevent a coming wave of Alzheimer’s as the population increases on a daily basis. More than 5 million Americans already have Alzheimer’s, a number expected to more than double by 2050. Changes that lead to Alzheimer’s can begin 20 years before memory lapses, and scientists are still studying drugs in people at high risk in hopes of finding preventive treatment against Alzheimer’s.

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