Inadequate sleep is a risk factor for dementia

Sleep can have a significant impact on brain longevity.  While you're sleeping,  Beta-amyloid is a metabolic waste product that’s found in the fluid between brain cells (neurons). A build-up of beta amyloid is linked to impaired brain function and Alzheimer’s disease. In Alzheimer’s disease, beta-amyloid clumps together to form amyloid plaques, which hinder communication between neurons.

Impaired sleep has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies suggest that sleep plays a role in clearing beta-amyloid out of the brain. Moreover, lack of sleep has been shown to elevate brain beta-amyloid levels in mice. Less is known about the impact of sleep deprivation on beta-amyloid levels in people.

Ways to better sleep

  • Aerobic exercise

  • Cool bedroom temperature

  • Turn off all electronics 2 two hourse before bed

  • Try light reading before bed

  • No caffeine after 2:00 PM

  • Drink chammomile tea

  • Journal

  • Natural sleeping aids