Less Sleep Linked To Alzheimer’s

Here’s one of many recent studies showing low lack of good quality sleep can cause memory problems, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In this Johns Hopkins study, researchers found that people who slept less of had trouble sleeping had higher levels of beta amyloid plaques in their brain. Having plaques alone doesn’t mean you’ll develop Alzheimer’s disease, but what this study showed was that sleep may play an important role in how your brain rids itself of beta amyloid plaques, which are one of the hallmarks of dementia.

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4 thoughts on “Less Sleep Linked To Alzheimer’s

  1. So if sleep apnea (including a sometimes leaky CPAP mask), old age, and drug “side effects” interrupt my sleep and contribute to my demise in numerous ways, what do you recommend I do? I don’t choose to have trouble falling asleep. I don’t choose to wake up after 2 or 3 hours of light sleep. I can’t really change my medications or get rid of them entirely. And above all, I can’t choose to be a young man again. So, realistically, other than the usual inane diet and exercise recommendations that I probably won’t follow, what can I do?

  2. Mr. Higgins,

    Sorry to hear about your sleep problems. The main point of the article is to point out the importance of good sleep in general. It can’t be used to make recommendations for one particular individual. Unfortunately, we know that sleep deteriorates as we all get older, and even worse if you have additional medical problems. CPAP works very well for many people but for some, it can make sleep even worse, despite trying all options. As you pointed out, many medications can also disturb sleep. There’s no magic pill for sleep or for youth, and we all need to customize our own approaches in maintaining and regaining health.

  3. Thanks for sharing Steven! We should never underestimate the importance of sleep. As well as the risk of Alzheimer’s, there are a number of other effects we can suffer from if we do not take notice of what our body is telling us and get the sleep we crave. Heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes to name a few.

  4. 30-40 of your life time spend on sleeping. Cant be not important gor sure but crucially determine your healthy, mental, performance stage. I scored 4gpa on first 2 years in uni until I started scoring and did not take care of my daily routine and health again. All grades dropped. Until I started exercises, eat rights, most importantly sleep right. God bless