The changing lifestyle habits of the people, the increasing stress have affected the healthy sleeping habits of the people. The neuro experts have found a link between sleep disorders like insomnia, disturbed sleep, drowsiness and other sleep-related issues which increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the recent statistics, everyone in three American suffers from sleep-related disorders and 45% of global population is suffering from sleep disorders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that sleep disorders are a serious issue as they give rise to other problems like diabetes, heart disorders and increased risk of stroke.
According to the study conducted by the researchers from Wisconsin the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia also increase with sleep disorders. People with Alzheimer’s disease suffer from sleep related disorders and insomnia or sleeplessness occur due to poor night sleep and daytime sleeplessness.
The study has found that inflammation of brain and damage to the brain cells as well as the presence of protein amyloid and tau are the signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The protein called tau results in the formation of tumor-like substance and results in the formation of plague. The formation of such tumor-like knots and plaques are the indication of Alzheimer’s disease.
During the study, the researchers analyzed 101 people aged over 63 which were asked to fill out the questionnaire related to sleep disorders. The presence of spinal fluids which results causes plaques and tangles are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
During the study, all the participants were normal and have not shown any symptoms of the disease but they were likely to suffer from the disease as they carried a gene called apolipoprotein E (APOE) due to hereditary.
Then after analyzing the spinal fluid, it was seen that poor sleeping habits lead to the formation of protein which triggers the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The study related to sleep disorders and Alzheimer’s disease has been published in the journal Neurology. But the link between the two is not yet clear because not all individual with sleep problem is prone to Alzheimer’s disease at a later stage of their life.