A recent scientific study shows that insufficient amount of sleep leads to the development of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers gain more evidence and are beginning to believe that lack and poor quality of sleep results to the fusion of Amyloids, proteins that bond together to form Alzheimer's plaques.
Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, the lead researcher from the University of Rochester Medical Center, explains the glymphatic system that is present in humans. She says that this system is 10 times more active when in slumber than when awake. The process allows cerebrospinal fluid to flow through spaces around the neurons of people's brains. This a method of purging unwanted proteins (Amyloids) and other wastes into the circulatory system garbage collectors and eventually flushes it out of the body.
In simple terms, Nedergaard explains that the brain has its own sanitation and public works department. It is like a network of sewer facilities mostly done during the brain's nightlife. An example of a housekeeping staff descending to building offices for a cleanup duty to avoid the lumping compound that causes Alzheimer's.
People skimping on their precious sleep will miss a chance to flush out the unwanted amyloid proteins that fuse to become Alzheimer's plaques. The fusion could eventually become a full blown Alzheimer's Disease. The study by Nedergaard and her team were initially done on mice and is now under preparation to apply it to humans, reports The INC.
The same results came out with the researchers from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They published their results in the journal JAMA Neurology, stating the ß-amyloid burden fusion into flakes causing Alzheimer's. PET Scans within adults who skimp sleep increases the ß-amyloid presence, said Adam Spira, lead researcher from the John Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health School, reports Science Daily.
The researchs concretized assumptions to implications as Alzheimer's being the most common cause of dementia, The disease is irreversible in nature, progresses and destroys the memory lane and the mental skills the brain possess.