According to research presented Monday at the Alzheimer´s Association International Conference, poor sleep could increase the risk of a person developing Alzheimer´s disease.
A leading theory is that the buildup of a sticky protein called beta amyloid in the brain contributes to the disease. It is also believed that the damage may start years before someone starts to have memory issues.
"It´s very clear that sleep disruption is an underappreciated factor. It´s a new player on the scene that increases risk of Alzheimer´s disease," researchers say.