Neurology study: Sleep problems linked to Alzheimer's disease

Sleep problems linked to Alzheimer's disease (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Trouble sleeping? It could be an early warning sign for another health concern.

There is a new clue on what happens when you sleep and your brain.

This new study says that if you have trouble sleeping, you could be at increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

It appears not sleeping robs some people of memory and thinking ability.

Experts at the Cleveland Clinic who reviewed the study say researchers found that the more your sleep is disturbed the more likely you are to have a substance in your spinal fluid that appears to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

The problem is that nobody is sure which comes first, the risk for Alzheimer’s or the trouble sleeping.

The study reported online in the Journal Neurology.

If you have trouble sleeping, it's suggested you ask your doctor to refer you to a sleep study.

If the problem is resolved, say from treatment for sleep apnea, you at least can rest assured that you are not raising Alzheimer’s risk as you toss and turn each night.

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