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Go to Sleep: It May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Restful Sleep

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  • Older adults with disrupted deep sleep patterns had higher amounts of amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in their brain
  • The higher levels of amyloid plaque were associated with worse performance on memory tests
  • Poor sleep may be an indicator of amyloid buildup, which could be causing very subtle brain changes long before disease develops

By Dr. Mercola

Poor sleep may be an “early warning beacon” or a “distress call” alerting to the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. While sleep problems are common in Alzheimer’s patients, poor sleep may also be contributing to the disease by driving the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

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