Sleep and Alzheimer's

Could Sleep Disturbances Help Identify Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease presents a serious senior health concern. In fact, the Alzheimer's Association reported that it's the sixth leading cause of death among older adults in the U.S., with some 5 million living with the condition. One factor that makes Alzheimer's so serious is the fact that it can be very difficult to detect before cognitive symptoms begin to manifest. Because there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, being able to detect the disease as early as possible may be critical for managing its symptoms effectively. Unfortunately, prior to a recent study, early detection has proven difficult.

Sleep disruption may hold the key
One physical characteristic of Alzheimer's disease is a buildup of what are called amyloid plaques in the brains of

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