RECENT STUDY FINDING IN THE JOURNAL NEUROLOGY: Chronically poor sleep leads to higher levels of Alzheimer’s related proteins in the brain.
We asked Dr. Peter McAllister of NEINH to break down what this means… You can hear what he said by clicking on the above video, or read it here:
“What we found is one of the things that causes Alzheimer’s is deposition of a plaque, a gunk that’s called amyloid. When amyloid gets deposited it stops nerves from connecting to one another. And we all have amyloid depositing in our brain and we get rid of it. When do we get rid of it? In our deep slow-wave sleep. So when we’re sleeping, our body is getting the amyloid out of our brain and healing up our brain. We do a lot of healing of the brain and body in sleep. So if you have the tendency or the genetics for Alzheimer’s Disease and you throw on top of that major sleep disruption, insomnia, etc. you’re not getting rid of that bad amyloid that’s accumulating faster, and that’s been shown to lead to an earlier onset of Alzheimer’s or a more severe version of Alzheimer’s Disease.” – Dr. Peter McAllister, NEINH.
For the study, researchers tested the cerebrospinal fluid of cognitively healthy adults to find people with disturbed sleep were more likely to show evidence of brain cell damage, inflammation, and damage to brain proteins that provide cell structure and stability.
It’s not just about your brain health…
The Centers for Disease Control calls disrupted sleep a public health problem, saying it’s associated with a higher risk of conditions like diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Emmy-winning reporter Gillian Neff has been covering health topics for 16 years. She is currently a freelance reporter and anchor at News 12 Connecticut and also pursues her passion for medical news through Gillian Neff Health Reports’ blogs and videos.