Posted By Shaun Wooller, The Sun | Repost NY Post, July 11, 2017
Just one night of disturbed sleep increases levels of a brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s, research has shown.
And a week of tossing and turning boosts another molecule believed to play a part in destroying brain cells, the study found. The results were published in the journal Brain.
The research monitored 17 volunteers in a specially designed sleep room while disturbing their rest with beeps in their ears through headphones.
Lead scientist David Holtzman, from Washington University School of Medicine, said: “We showed that poor sleep is associated with higher levels of two Alzheimer’s-associated proteins. We think that perhaps chronic poor sleep during middle age may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s later in life.”
Co-author Dr. Yo-El Ju, also from the Washington University School of Medicine, added that it was unlikely even a week of poor sleep would affect the overall risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
She said: “The main concern is with people who have chronic sleep problems.”
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