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Is there a link between sleep problems and memory loss?

Jonathan Warren

20.02.2012

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expressive seniorIndividuals who have sleep problems may be at a greater risk of suffering from memory deterioration like Alzheimer's disease later down the line, according to new research. In a study of 100 participants conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine, it was revealed that individuals who woke more than five times in an hour each night while in bed were at a higher risk of developing a build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain - a common symptom of Alzheimer's. Though the evidence sheds some light on the relationship between our sleep quality and memory and has the potential to help prevent future cases of Alzheimer's, lead author of the study Yo-EL Ju from the school explained that the research is not yet conclusive. He commented: "We need longer term studies to determine whether disrupted sleep leads to amyloid plaques, or whether brain changes in early Alzheimer’s disease lead to changes in sleep."

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