Better sleep correlates to better health, it is a known fact that lack of sleep can cause serious illnesses.
Risk of Alzheimer’s disease may increase by sleep deprivation.
One sleepless night seems like a trivial thing, many of us have gone at least one night without sleeping at all. But merely one night without sleep has been found to cause a build-up of a protein that is directly linked to the Alzheimer’s disease.
In a recent study on the sample size of 20 people found that one night without the sleep caused a spike of five percent beta-amyloid protein in the brain.
If this beta-amyloid protein level raises 21 percent more than a healthy person in the brain it can cause memory loss, while at 43 percent in case of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Previous studies that show the same result was done on mice, this is the first time a human brain has been used in the study. In the study brain changes linked to Alzheimer’s after a sleepless night in human brain were shown.
Sleep is of the utmost essence for dumping these beta-amyloid proteins, which can clog the several important pathways of memory in the brain.
But, it is not yet known if the effects of one night without sleep are long-lasting or are seen only after the day of such sleepless night.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Ehsan Shokri-Kojori, from the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, said: ‘Often brain changes seen in animals are not replicated in humans, so this is interesting.
‘The increase in beta-amyloid we saw in the brains of people who were sleep-deprived is likely to be a harmful process.
‘A reasonable prediction based on these results would be that poorer sleep habits create a risk for Alzheimer’s disease.’
Sleeping at least 6-9 hours a day is recommended by National Sleep Foundation for adults.