Good sleep plays an important role in our lives, determining how productive and focused we can get during the day. Specialists have recently discovered a relation between Alzheimer’s disease and poor quality sleep. A new neurological study indicates that less REM sleep could eventually lead to Alzheimer’s disease or early dementia.
The connection between Alzheimer’s disease and poor quality sleep is threatening
That is why it is important to get more of the dream-stage sleep. REM represents the fifth stage of sleep, when we dream, the pulse and breathing are more rapid, and the body heats up. The new study revealed the results after a few people were tested. The results indicated that people who took longer than 90 minutes to enter the REM stage presented a higher risk to develop dementia.
The study also indicated that those people only spent 17% of their sleep dreaming, while those who did not develop dementia spent 20% of the sleep in the REM stage. Matthew P. Pase, of the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, states that no other sleep stage indicated to have a potential connection with dementia.
Now, specialists need to continue their study, clarifying the role of sleep in the onset of dementia. Their wish is to identify possible methods to prevent or delay the effects of dementia.
Specialists try to determine a way of preventing the illness
On the other hand, a body of research showed that poor quality sleep leads to the production of higher levels of soluble beta amyloid. This protein is known to form plaque on the brain responsible for killing brain cells, blocking information processing.
Scientists indicate that the first preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease consists of the development of amyloid plaques. Unfortunately, beta amyloid deposits in the brain long before any symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear.
Summing up, researchers indicated that the relation between Alzheimer’s disease and poor quality sleep is imminent. They are trying to develop a further study to find a way to prevent this kind of dementia.
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