Disrupted Sleep Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers recently reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference that none other than disrupted sleep may be a cause of Alzheimer’s. According to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, disrupted sleep aids in the creation of beta-amyloid, which starts a process that ends in neurodegenerative disorders.

How it works:

Beta-amyloid are the main component of Amyloids. Amyloids are protein aggregates developing from improperly folded proteins. This leads to amyloidosis, which we believe leads to neurodegenerative disorders including ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disease.

Plan to Treat

There is currently no cure for the neurodegenerative diseases listed above. But with this new research, we can take precautions and decrease our likeness of getting these ill-fated and incurable diseases. Get better sleep now. Get better quality sleep.  Plan for your future and the future of your loved ones and get the best chance at a long, healthy life. Get a sleep test and find out your sleep patterns.

Sleep Apnea

According to Dr. Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco,

‘Sleep apnea — brief interruptions of breathing that repeatedly awaken people without them realizing — caused a nearly two-fold increase in the risk [of being more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment and early memory problems that sometimes lead to Alzheimer’s].” She recommended that people at risk of Alzheimer’s be screened for sleep disorders, especially apnea, which has effective treatment.

 Are you at risk for Alzheimer’s disease? Take a look at the risk factors listed below. If you have one or more of these risks, then you should get asleep test and do what you can to prevent the disease.

  • Advanced Age
  • Family History
  • Genetics
  • Latino and African American Dissent
  • History of unhealthy living

Take a closer look at these risk factors on the Alzheimer’s Association website.

Alzheimer’s Association

After reviewing three different and extensive scientific studies on disrupted sleep and Alzheimer’s disease, The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation found this: “…Poor sleep, as well as sleep apnea, is a common problem in the elderly. Just because you don’t sleep well doesn’t mean you will get Alzheimer’s disease. A sound night’s sleep, though, may be a critical component of a healthy lifestyle – and might even help to keep Alzheimer’s at bay.”

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