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Experts: Lack of sleep may raise risk for Alzheimer's

Researchers say a lack of sleep may raise your risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. (Photo Source: Pixabay) Researchers say a lack of sleep may raise your risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. (Photo Source: Pixabay)
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Do you feel like you get a good night’s sleep or do you wake up groggy and wanting to go right back to bed? The problem may be that you’re not getting enough quality sleep.

Sleep experts have already linked problems like diabetes and cardiovascular disease to a lack of good sleep. Now, researchers say that may raise your risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. 

“When you don’t sleep well, the brain cells don’t get a chance to rest,” said Dr. Yo-El Yu, a researcher with Washington University, St. Louis.

Dr. Yu tracked the sleep habits of 17 healthy people at their home. She also had them spend two nights in a sleep lab. Each time someone drifted into a deep sleep, a beeping monitor would rouse them out of it, into a lighter sleep. That caused levels of proteins to rise in their spinal fluid.

“When we looked at their home sleep, the worse the sleep, the more their tau increased. Both amyloid and tau are proteins involved in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Now a few restless night’s in a row is not a problem, but it could be if it becomes an ongoing problem.

“If you’re not getting enough sleep over months and months, yeah it will lead to problems down the line,” said Dr. Douglas Kirsch with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

There are some things you can do to help get into a deep sleep. Experts say stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and electronics before bed.

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