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Here's How Sleep Loss Can Affect Alzheimer's

A single night of interrupted sleep causes an increase in brain proteins believed to cause Alzheimer's disease, researchers reported Monday. They believe their research shows that sleep helps the body clear away the compounds, called amyloid and tau, and that interrupting sleep may allow too much of them to build up. The study, published in the journal Brain, doesn't show that poor sleep causes Alzheimer's, but it adds one more piece to the puzzle of what causes dementia. "When people had their slow-wave sleep disrupted, their amyloid levels increa ...