Researchers say Alzheimer's may be risk of disrupted sleep
KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE: One in three Americans doesn't get enough sleep. According to the CDC, disrupted sleep is a "public health problem" and is already associated with a higher risk of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Now it's possible researchers will add Alzheimer's to that list as FOX 45's Deborah Linz explains in her Keeping Families Safe report.
“Oftentimes we are getting fragmented sleep rather than solid sleep”, Premier neuropsychologist Fadi Tayim said.
Several studies in people and one in mice have shown a connection between chronic sleep disruption and the depositing of amyloid plaques in the brain.
“When you have a build up, its more of a warning sign this may develop into neurodegenerative course," Dr. Tayim said.
This is the first known preclinical stage of Alzheimer's.
Another study published in the journal "Neurology" is adding to this body of research.
Scientists examined just over 100 cognitively healthy adults with an average age of 63.
They specifically studied the relationship between the participants' sleep quality and levels of various proteins and markers in the cerebrospinal fluid.
Researchers found those with disturbed sleep were more likely to show evidence of brain cell damage along with inflammation and damage to brain proteins responsible for cell stability and structure.
“Sleep is definitely one of the top three factors besides diet and overall wellness that people have kind of taken for granted at times”, Dr Tayim said.
The study's co-author said their research aligns with the notion that poor sleep could contribute to the accumulation of Alzheimer's related proteins in the brain and hopes this now leads to opportunities for early intervention.