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Sleep Loss May Cause Brain Damage and Accelerate Onset of Alzheimer’s, Two New Studies Show

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  • Recent studies show poor sleeping habits cause brain damage and even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Sleep is necessary for maintaining metabolic homeostasis in your brain. Without sufficient sleep, neuron degeneration sets in—and catching up on sleep during weekends will not prevent this damage
  • Sleep deprivation causes disruption of certain synaptic connections that can impair your brain's ability for learning, memory formation, and other cognitive functions. It also accelerates onset of Alzheimer's disease
  • Maintaining a natural rhythm of exposure to sunlight during the day and darkness at night is a crucial component of sleeping well
  • Other helpful tips for improving your sleep include keeping the temperature in your bedroom below 70 degrees F, and avoiding electromagnetic fields

By Dr. Mercola

Could poor sleeping habits cause brain damage and even accelerate onset of Alzheimer's disease? According to recent research, the answer is yes on both accounts.

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