Nodding off during the day could be Alzheimer's risk

Scientists confirm link between excessive daytime sleepiness and Αβ build-up

Scientists have confirmed a link between excessive sleepiness during the day and a build-up of beta-amyloid plaques in people without dementia. 

elderly man taking a nap

This finding supports previous literature suggesting that excessive daytime sleepiness is a risk factor for cognitive decline or dementia.

Indeed, the latest evidence suggests that regularly getting a good night’s sleep may help to clear soluble β-amyloid (Αβ) and disturbed sleep may aid in its accumulation. 

Disrupted sleep can also increase synaptic activity