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Could Side Sleeping Decrease Your Risk for Alzheimer's?

Side Sleeping

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  • The glymphatic system helps your brain detoxify while you sleep, including flushing out toxins linked to Alzheimer’s disease
  • An animal study suggests the glymphatic system is most efficient at removing toxins when rodents were lying on their side, not on their stomach or back
  • Separate research showed people with disrupted deep sleep patterns had higher amounts of amyloid plaques in their brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease

By Dr. Mercola

One of the fascinating biological processes that takes place while you sleep is brain detoxification. Your brain has a unique method of removing toxic waste through what's been dubbed the glymphatic system. The "g" in glymphatic is a nod to "glial cells"— the brain cells that manage this system.


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