Does Sleep Affect Alzheimer’s?
Yes, according to the University of Berkeley Study
We have suggested in the past that sleep may have an influence on Alzheimer’s disease. It makes sense that for the body to work optimally restorative rest is needed. We’ve seen the effects of a lack of sleep. It leaves most of us less alert, less able to focus. It often brings on an urge for a less healthy diet.
We’ve included a chapter on the best foods to eat for a better night’s sleep in Preventing Alzheimer’s, A Useful Guide.
Recent studies show that there is far more to it than that. Sleep actually helps removes toxins, especially when it is the deep restorative sleep. Without that deep sleep, toxins as beta amyloid deposits can build up. Conversely, The more deposits build up in certain parts of the brain, the poorer you may sleep. So you need sleep to stop the deposits, but if you have them already, they can interfere with the sleep you need.
In this article, sleep is described as a “powerful cleanse for the brain.” Knowing how well body cleanses can work, you can clearly see the value to the brain as well.
Scientists are working to determine which begins the process. Is it lack of sleep or does the build up of beta amyloids cause the lack. It’s valuable research either way. Poor sleep is something that can be remedied. If you are a snorer and feel tired after a night’s sleep, you may want to talk to your doctor about sleep apnea. Testing is needed to confirm the diagnosis, but it can be helped, enabling you to sleep much better.
The Effect of Sleep Apnea
There has been a study done showing that seniors with untreated sleep apnea are prone to get Alzheimer’s around age 77 vs 90 without sleep apnea. This study, done at The Center for Brain Health at NYU School of Medicine in New York, was headed by Dr. Richard Osorio. He says that the aging are more likely to have sleep-breathing issues, over half the men and over twenty five percent of women.
Note: They are no saying it causes Alzheimer’s, but since sleep apnea wakes you repeatedly during the night, you are not getting that deep sleep that helps cleanse the body of toxins.