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Insomnia leads to Alzheimer’s disease

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Alzheimer’s disease, a serious neurodegenerative disease, develops because of the increased content of beta-amyloid protein in the brain.

This protein – a kind of waste of the brain – in high concentrations forms dangerous to health plaques.

These plaques are removed by the glyphatic system, which metabolizes between cerebral and cerebrospinal fluid, but this happens mainly when a person sleeps. Violations of the same sleep lead to the fact that the brain is not cleaned properly.

American scientists in the course of observations of volunteers concluded that even a sleepless night seriously increases the amount of beta-amyloid in the brain fluid, especially in the right subcortical zone where the hippocampus is located. This part of the brain is responsible, in part, for memory.