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Sleep and Alzheimer’s disease
sleep and alzheimer's November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. According to the Alzheimer's’ Association more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, making it the 6th leading cause of death in America.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep loss may precede Alzheimer’s. Sleep is disrupted in people who likely have early Alzheimer's disease but do not yet have the memory loss or other cognitive problems characteristic of full-blown Alzheimer’s disease. According to a study performed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, there is a link between poor sleep and brain plaques seen in the brains of those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. The study looked at the program participant’s sleep efficiency, a measure of how much time in bed is spent asleep. The study showed the worst sleepers, those with a sleep efficiency lower than 75 percent, were five times more likely to have preclinical Alzheimer's disease than good sleepers. Sleep problems are common in people who have symptomatic Alzheimer's disease, but scientists recently have begun to suspect that poor sleep may also be an indicator of early Alzheimer’s disease.

We know that poor sleep affects diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Now Alzheimer’s disease may be added to the list. If you struggle with poor sleep, contact your healthcare provider. You could have an undiagnosed sleep disorder such as Sleep Apnea. Hannibal Regional Hospital Sleep Lab staff can answer questions you have about sleep, contact us at 573-248-5344.

Mary Duesterhaus, RPSGT, REEGT, CRT
Clinical Coordinator Neurodiagnostics
Hannibal Regional Hospital - Sleep Services


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