Sleep Deprivation Linked to Increased Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds

The Connection Between Insufficient Sleep and Alzheimer's: New Study Reveals Associations

Lack of sleep increases the risk of Alzheimer's, stroke, and cognitive decline, according
to a new study. While it doesn't establish a causal relationship, the study identifies
an association between insufficient deep sleep and these health conditions. Predominantly
cognitively unimpaired older adults with severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and
reduced slow-wave sleep showed white matter abnormalities, indicating a higher risk
of cognitive impairment, dementia, and stroke. The study, published in Neurology,
highlights the importance of addressing sleep apnea, a condition characterized by
interrupted breathing during sleep. If experiencing symptoms like loud snoring and
persistent tiredness, consulting a doctor is crucial. Preventive measures are necessary
since no current treatments exist for these brain changes.

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