A sleepless night linked to risk of Alzheimer's, says new study

Even one night of sleeplessness is linked to a high risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

This is according to research by a team at the National Institute of Health in the United States.

The study says that excess use of technology and an unhealthy lifestyle has a deep impact on a good night’s sleep. Losing one night of sleep can lead to an increase of beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers studied 20 people between the ages of 22 to 72 years. One night of bad sleep was found to add 5% of beta-amyloid to the brain. However, the team was not able to find out of this could be addressed by sleeping more the next day.

Clearly there is a link between sleep disorders and Alzheimer’s. Lack of sleep can also lead to mood swings and other mental disorders.

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