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What is the link between Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease?

What is the link between Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease?

added on: April 1, 2019

The body needs sleep to be healthy. Sleep is the time the body recovers and repairs itself. Scientist have discovered another important function of sleep and that is when the glymphatic system works to wash the brain of harmful proteins and toxins. The accumulation of toxic proteins such as beta amyloid and tau in the brain are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have speculated that impairment of the glymphatic system due to disrupted sleep could be a driver of the disease.

Screening for sleep related disorders (SRD) such as insomnia, snoring, frequent awakenings, and sleep apnea is critical to understanding your risks. There are easy and non-invasive ways to screen. Many believe if they have an sleep issue CPAP is their only option, however there are many choices patients can have to lead a healthier life.

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