Questions? Feedback? powered by Olark live chat software Alzheimer’s is linked to Sleep DisordersSleep Source

Evidence shows Alzheimer’s is linked to Sleep Disorders

Posted On July 22, 2015
alzheimers
July 22, 2015

Disrupted sleep may be one of the missing pieces in explaining how a sticky protein called beta-amyloid, starts its damage long before people have trouble with memory as it turns into Alzheimer’s, researchers reported Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

“It’s very clear that sleep disruption is an under appreciated factor,” said Dr. Matthew Walker of the University of California, Berkeley, who presented data linking amyloid levels with people’s sleep and memory performance. “It’s a new player on the scene that increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Scientists have long known that people who don’t get enough sleep have trouble learning and focusing. The optimal sleep duration is 7-9 hours, although individual variability exists. And anyone who’s cared for someone with dementia knows the nightly wandering and other sleep disturbances that patients often suffer, long thought to be a consequence of the dying brain cells. New research suggests that toxic proteins affect deep sleep that is so important for memory formation.

PET scans were given to cognitively healthy volunteers in their 70s to measure build-up of that gunky amyloid. The participants were given words to memorize, and their brain waves were measured as they slept overnight. The more beta-amyloid people harbored in a particular brain region, the less deep sleep they got. The participant’s memories were not being transferred properly from the brain’s short-term memory bank into longer-term storage.

Results of the study as whole:

Two sleep studies tracked nearly 6,000 people over five years, and found those who had poor sleep quality – they tossed and turned and had a hard time falling asleep – were more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, early memory problems that sometimes lead to Alzheimer’s, said Dr. Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco.

The report went into further detail to say Obstructive Sleep Apnea, can increase ones chance for Alzheimer’s. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder defined as the unconscious stoppage of breathing for short periods of time throughout a night’s sleep. With OSA, there is a soft tissue obstruction of the upper airway, which negatively impacts the flow of air. Pauses in breathing can be just a few seconds to minutes, and occur as little as five to as many as 30 times per hour. The pauses in breathing keeps waking the subject up never allow for deep sleep. The more a person in unable to get deep sleep the higher the amount of beta-amyloid builds up in the brain reducing memory function. These conclusions have led the physicians monitoring the study to believe that Alzheimer’s is linked to sleep disorders in this way.

More than 5 million Americans already have Alzheimer’s, a number expected to more than double by 2050. Results show the easiest ways to combat the effect of Alzheimer’s now is to treat sleep disorders effectively. Sleep disorders are treatable and can reduce one risk for developing Alzheimer’s immensely.

If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, been diagnosed or would like to find out how you can avoid the high risk of developing other conditions, contact one of our medical concierges today at 1-855-863-4537 to schedule a consultation.

  • Make Sleep a Priority in 2016

    Dec 30, 2015
    You say you want to bring in the New Year with a positive life change that will benefit you and your health. One of the most beneficial resolutions to your overall health is changing your sleep habits. For years you have heard that sleep is important, but have you really executed a plan to make […]

    Living With Panic Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Dec 17, 2015
    The sun is shining and the sky is blue. Keeping the top down on your convertible is a foregone conclusion. But wait, your palms become clammy, your heart starts to race, you can’t quite catch your breath and you have a sense of unexplainable danger. What is wrong? You might have just experienced a panic […]

    Somniphobia: Can People be Too Scared to Sleep?

    Nov 04, 2015
    You are addicted. You admit it. You can’t seem to get enough of the hit TV shows American Horror Story or The Walking Dead. After binge watching for 6 hours, you have finally unlocked somniphobia. But somniphobia isn’t just about getting to the end of a new series. Somniphobia is something real to people who […]

    Incidence of Gout Double for Sleep Apnea Sufferers

    Oct 29, 2015
    A recent study out of the UK has shown risk of developing gout was up to 60% higher among patients with sleep apnea versus individuals without sleep apnea. Gout is a complex form of arthritis that causes the body to make an excess of uric acid causing pain at the base of the joints. Sleep […]
  • About Us

    Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America was founded for the sole purpose of providing superior sleep solutions for our patients to improve their overall quality of life.

    We seek to gain a thorough understanding of each patient’s sleep disorder and individual medical needs in order to provide the best care and treatment solutions available to effectively treat their sleep condition.
  • What We Do

    We offer a unique and comprehensive form of sleep apnea treatment that effectively seeks to cure sleep apnea over the course of an average of 6 treatments.

    Having the ability to significantly impact our patients’ lives for the better through improved sleep and minimizing health risks is something that we take great pride in. Please take a look at what our patients are saying and view some of our Sleep Apnea success stories.
  • Contact Us

    Name

    Email (required)

    Phone

Copyright © 2013 Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America | Website | Powered by AHP