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Toxic Plaque Buildup in the Brain Tied to Sleep Deprivation

New research has found a link between a buildup of toxic beta-amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s disease patients, and a lack of deep non-REM sleep, according to CBS News. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, examined twenty-six older adult patients with no cognitive deficits. During the study, in addition to a link between deep non-REM sleep deprivation and a buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain, it was also discovered that beta-amyloid plaques themselves may be causing further sleep deprivation. As the study continues into the future, researchers will be further examining the cause and effect of non-REM sleep deprivation and toxic beta-amyloid plaque buildup in the brain.

 

Read the article published by CBS.

Read the study published in Nature Neuroscience.