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Sleep Deprivation Linked to Buildup of Alzheimer’s Disease Proteins

Reuters reports on new research published in JAMA Neurology that has found that even minor sleep deprivation in healthy brains may cause build up of amyloid-beta proteins, the presence of which is usually associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers recruited 26 healthy men and drew spinal fluid before and after either a full night’s sleep or disrupted night of sleep. “The quality of sleep men got was also linked to how much of a decrease in amyloid-beta was measured, which suggests more of the amino acid is cleared out with better sleep.” Though the researchers acknowledge that the findings do not prove that getting high quality sleep will prevent Alzheimer’s, they maintain it is important to acknowledge sleep’s role in the disease.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in JAMA Neurology.