Sleep and Dementia

It has been known for some time that there is a correlation between sleep and dementia.  In an article published in Science on October 18, 2013, researchers found an interesting potential explanation for this association.  We know that amyloid beta accumulates in the brain of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.  The study performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York discovered that during sleep the brain doubles the rate at which it removes metabolic debris including amyloid beta.  Other research has reported an inverse relationship between sleep and…

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