Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease in the News

The announcement of a human study on the relationship between sleep quality and Alzheimer’s Disease was explored by NPR in a story early this month that has been getting a lot of attention. According to NPR,

“The first finding emerged in 2009, when researchers at Washington University in St. Louis showed that the sticky amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s develop more quickly in the brains of sleep-deprived mice.
Then, in 2013, Iliff was a member of a team that discovered how a lack of sleep could be speeding the development of those Alzheimer’s plaques: A remarkable cleansing process takes place in the brain during deep sleep, at least in animals.”

-Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer’s : Shots – Health News : NPR

Animal studies have already suggested that the link between sleep disturbances and Alzheimer’s
Disease is not solely that Alzheimer’s causes changes in the brain that disrupt sleep, but rather that
poor quality sleep may hamper processes in the brain which then contribute to the development of
diseases like Alzheimer’s.

As a neurological clinic that treats both patients with sleep disorders as well as dementia and
Alzheimer’s, two of our sleep medicine specialists were recently asked to comment about this
connection. If you missed the interviews, you can listen and watch here:

Dr. Okeanis Vaou discusses Sleep and Alzheimer’s with WCCO Radio on Jan 9th, 2016:


Dr. John Damergis discusses Sleep and Alzheimer’s with Fox 9 News on Jan. 12th, 2016:


To read or listen to the original NPR story, visit the NPR website here:
NPR: Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer’s

If you or someone you love are experiencing sleep disturbances that are affecting day to day life and
would like to schedule a consult with a sleep specialist, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at



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