Sleep deprivation and chronic stress are directly linked to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. On Wednesday, April 21, the neurologist, rehabilitologist Marina Anikina told about this.
“Lack of sleep affects, chronic stress affects. This all leads to changes in Alzheimer’s and the like, “- said the specialist in an interview with the TV channel” Zvezda “.
The expert also spoke about the existence of studies in which healthy young volunteers did not sleep properly for several days. According to Anikina, after that they took samples of their cerebrospinal fluid, in which changes were found, similar to those that subsequently develop in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
The rehabilitation specialist noted that there is a theory according to which improper stress use of the brain for a certain long time leads to such changes: the brain cannot work at full capacity in such conditions, so it goes into standby mode.
“If this waiting mode is long enough, then it will be manifested by certain more extensive pathological changes and will be clinically presented in the form of Alzheimer’s disease as well,” the neurologist concluded.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that British scientists had concluded that lack of sleep in people aged 50-60 is a risk factor for developing dementia.
For 25 years, researchers have observed 8 thousand participants, specified on the website 360tv.ru. As a result, a 30% increase in the risk of developing dementia was found in people aged 50-60 years who regularly slept six or less hours a day.