One of the most frustrating parts of Alzheimers symptoms is the lack of specific early symptoms.
That is, symptoms developing before dementia. Now researchers at Washington University School of Medicine may have found an interesting link between Alzheimer’s and abnormal sleep patterns…
Washington University Researchers Find Link Between Sleeplessness, Alzheimer’s
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – New research from Washington University School of Medicine shows disrupted sleep could be a sign of pending dementia.
Lead researcher Yo-El Ju found that patients who had abnormal amyloid levels in their spinal fluid, meaning they likely had Alzheimer’s plagues building up in their brains, tended to have one major sleep problem: they didn’t sleep very well.
“There was no difference between the people who had pre-Alzheimer’s disease and those who didn’t in terms of the length of time they slept. However, there was a difference in sleep efficiency,” she explained.
“Someone who falls asleep immediately and stays asleep the whole eight hours would have one hundred percent sleep efficiency but that’s pretty rare. We found that those with pre-Alzheimer’s efficiency had lower sleep efficiency than those without pre-Alzheimer’s disease, meaning they slept less time they were in bed.”
Ju said she hopes future research will find a medication to improve the quality of sleep which might slow or prevent the progression of these plagues into Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the most frustrating parts of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s – or who is at risk for developing it – is the lack of tests and findings including symptoms before the development of dementia. This study is intriguing because it suggests that recognizing and improving the quality of sleep may slow or prevent Alzheimer’s.
Finding a way to help those with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers can be challenging. You may have experienced the fear and frustration that occurs when the unexpected happens.
Unfortunately, sometimes people are not as kind and patient as they could be. Now there are cards to help explain Alzheimer’s to a waiter, receptionist or clerk. Quietly without embarrassment. Just click here now for Alzheimer’s Companion Cards.
And see how they can help cope with Alzheimers symptoms.
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