If you have ever experienced trying to get through your day on only a few
hours of sleep, you may already be aware of how difficult it can be to
function. Have you ever thought about what your brain is going through
on these days? We sleep to replenish our brain cells. Getting the correct
amount of sleep helps regulate our mood, our appetite, and most importantly,
supports our memory and ability to retain those
Sleeping is integral to our growth and development but also maintaining
our health. After only one night of sleep deprivation, you already are
feeling the substantial effects. Over time, can sleep deprivation lead
to memory loss and the development of Alzheimer’s?
The Long-Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation
A recent study from the
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, conducted by the University of California, Irvine and SIU School of Medicine
found that disrupting the sleep cycle in the evening had produced a significant
chemical change in the brain. It affected learning and memory in a way
that could spur memory loss later on in the form of Alzheimer’s disease.
The study reported that those who currently suffer from the condition sometimes
have trouble sleeping though the reasons for that is not entirely known,
although it may be due deficiency in glutathione, which is an antioxidant
that is meant to protect the brain cells from oxidative stress. Oxidative
stress is what has been known to create an environment for
Alzheimer’s disease to develop.
Providing Care for the Elderly Since 1986
Mount Carmel Assisted Living has been dedicated to providing comfortable
assisted living services for those suffering from memory loss. We care
about our residents’ health first and foremost. We have developed
a behavior management program that helps to ease memory loss symptoms,
calm aggression and bolster memory and brain function.
If you have any further questions about memory loss and our assisted living
contact us. We have been helping others for nearly 30 years.