Alzheimer’s: sleeplessness increases risks; insomnia favours neurodegenerative processes.

There is a direct link between Alzheimer’s disease and poor sleep quality. Research by the Sleep Medicine Centre of the Molinette Hospital at Città della Salute of Turin and the University of Turin explains the mechanism for the first time.

Researchers examined the effect of disrupted sleep in mice genetically predisposed to the deposition of beta-amyloid, a protein that irreversibly compromises the cognitive functions of these animals even when young.

This research has been published in the international scientific journal Acta Neuropathologica Communications.