By On March 12th, 2013

Alzheimer’s Could Affect Sleep Quality

There have been numerous studies on Alzheimer’s recently and all of them are attempting to find new ways to spot Alzheimer’s earlier and easier.

Michael Smith writes for MedPage Today that in a recent study at Washington University in St. Louis inefficient sleeping was tied to a molecule involved in Alzheimer’s pathogenesis. However, amyloid, which builds up in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients and is considered an early sign of the disease onset, has no connection to sleep problems.

While disturbances in an individual’s sleep has been a noted symptom of Alzheimer’s, it’s never been hypothesized to precede cognitive decline. This study could provide more motivation to identify and treat sleep disorders if they can, in fact, lead to, or suggest the risk of, Alzheimer’s.

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