Sleep disorders can predict Alzheimer's disease
Insomnia can cause a variety of health problems, some of which include cognitive dysfunction and diabetes. New research suggests that Alzheimer's disease is another condition that can be caused by sleep disorders.
Lack of sleep is a major public health problem, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), caution. The CDC also estimates that between 50 and 70 million people in the United States have a "sleep or wake disorder" and warn of the wide range of health problems that such disorders can trigger.
In addition to more intuitive negative health outcomes, such as poor quality of life and low productivity, insomnia puts people at risk for diabetes, depression, hypertension and obesity, as well as cancer and premature death.
Recent research has added another condition to the list: Alzheimer's disease. A study published last year shows how insomnia can interfere with the "glyphatic system" of the brain, which is a cleansing procedure that takes place during sleep, when cerebrospinal fluid removes unnecessary proteins and waste of spaces between neurons
Now, new research published in Neurology reveals a link between sleep disturbances and biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease.
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