July 26


New studies illuminate mysterious connection between sleep and Alzheimer’s disease

By Staff Writer

brain, brain fitness, brain health

Alzheimer’s disease is directly linked to plaque build up that is present in the brain. This plaque build up is often due to the presence of amyloid beta developing. Amyloid beta is often found in high amounts when the brain does not go through the appropriate cleansing process during the hours in which a person is sleeping. This is why experts are suggesting adequate sleep each night in order to reduce the risk in developing dementia.

Key Takeaways:

  • During the natural sleep cycle, the body engages in a process that is almost cleansing in a sense.
  • As a part of this cleansing process, sticky plaques are defeated in order to keep the brain healthy.
  • The removal of these sticky plaques contributes to the prevention of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

“”Although studies suggest that a healthy sleep schedule helps people regulate their emotions, perform better on cognitive tasks, and even live longer, it?s still unclear exactly what the body is doing during sleep to bring about these positive effects.””

Read more: https://bigthink.com/stephen-johnson/how-poor-sleep-seems-to-increase-your-chances-of-alzheimers-disease

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