Proper Sleep Can Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

1388Beta-amyloid is a toxic protein that can cause plaque buildup in the brain. High levels of beta-amyloid in the brain have a strong link to Alzheimer’s disease. In an ongoing study, findings indicate that people with disrupted sleep patterns show higher levels of beta-amyloid in the brain than people who sleep for more than seven hours per night.*

Based on findings, it is suggested that the progression of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed by healthy sleep patterns. Also, sleeping on one’s side can help too, as side sleeping helps to flush out toxins that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

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