Neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are heavily linked to sleep disorders. Not surprisingly, sleep quality has long been considered a contributory factor in overall health. However, specific links to degenerative diseases are also attributable to sleep specifically, as data is gathered. One such piece of data that shows a notable corollary between sleep dysfunction and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be seen in findings that show that a large percentage of those that suffer from RBD, or rapid eye movement sleep disorder, generally go on to have Parkinson’s, or other types of neurological dysfunction, specifically types of dementia. Another study, using rodents, showed that a specific sort of plaque, found in brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, increased when the mice were deprived of appropriate levels of sleep. Worse, a vicious cycle often ensued, where the entity with the plaque had the result of further sleep dysfunction, thereby exacerbating the original problem.

Key Points:

  • 1Learn more about how sleep affects brain health and the studies that are being done to understand more about the relationship.
  • 2Researchers have thought that the sleep issues were a result of changes in the brain, either directly or brought about by medication for these diseases, but now, many are wondering if the relationship is more complex.
  • 3In other words, if you have too little sleep, it favors protein aggregation. Then once you get the aggregation, it makes sleep worse.


Learn more about how sleep affects brain health and the studies that are being done to understand more about the relationship.

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