Just one night of bad sleep may lead to more of a protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease building up in the brain.
People with Alzheimer’s disease tend to have sticky clumps of beta-amyloid protein in their brains, although the role these plaques play in the condition is unclear. It’s possible this protein helps cause the condition, or instead that the protein forms plaques in the brain in response to the disease.
Now researchers have found that one night of poor sleep has a detectable effect on the levels of beta-amyloid in the brain. Ehsan Shokri-Kojori, at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, and his team discovered this by using a radioactive tracer to measure beta-amyloid in the brains of 20 volunteers over the course of two nights.
It all boils down to relaxing. When we don’t sleep well, if we worry over it, we end up staying awake. The trick is to stop worrying about not sleeping, and keeping active. In most cases, the body will slip into sleep. This is not to belittle sleep issues, just my personal opinion.
I saw this related article today.
Current sleep patterns could help determine your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as you age. People who experience more fragmented sleep and less non-REM slow-wave sleep are more likely to have increased levels of amyloid-beta.