Sleep deficiency/deprivation destroys the brain — How?
How sleep deprivation increases the risk of Alzheimer’s and what to do about it
Everyone has times when they need to go late at night to complete another piece of work before the deadline. We understand that everyone been going through this phase especially working in the profession of a course trainer, a presentation, a project, and an estimate.
It is clear that one night of sleep deprivation will have no effect on one’s life. But there is proof that if you don’t get enough sleep, you can soon become a useless insane grandfather or grandmother.
Risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
Adults who sleep too little are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Matthew Walker’s book “Why We Sleep” discusses it in detail.
Here’s a brief overview:
Small nodules of a specific protein called amyloid form in the human brain during Alzheimer’s disease. These nodules disrupt the connections between neurons; the more nodules there are, the more neurons lose communication with one another.
Alzheimer’s disease typically manifests itself at the age of 60 or older and progresses gradually: initially, short-term memory weakens, then the damage spreads deeper into the past. A person loses the ability to navigate dates and cannot name the month, year, or season. Sleep is disrupted, hallucinations arise, and a person is unable to recognize neighbors and friends. He can’t find his way around the flat, can’t remember where the bathroom is or where the kitchen is.
After some time, it becomes difficult to move: at first, the stride becomes slow and shuffling, and ultimately the individual stops walking entirely and only rests in bed. Speech is lost, and the person is unable to care for himself.
When comparing the brains of a healthy person with a person with Alzheimer’s disease, the diseased brain appears to shrink.
How does it relate to sleep
When we are awake during the day, our brain works. Plaques of the protein beta-amyloid, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, build in your brain as you work.
Then we go to bed. When the body enters a deep sleep state, the process of clearing the brain of toxins, including amyloid protein, begins. The brain literally scrubs itself.
Without enough sleep, amyloid plaques do not dissolve and persist in the brain. There are more and more of them as time goes on.
Furthermore, beta-amyloid collect in the brain regions responsible for deep sleep and subsequently attack and kill them. When the parts of the brain responsible for deep sleep are destroyed, we find it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. As a result, the more amyloid there is, the less deep sleep there is, and the less deep sleep there is, the more amyloid there is.
Healthy sleep will fix everything
All of these nightmares of sleeplessness and beta-amyloid do not occur immediately. This is a lengthy procedure that is accompanied by a persistent lack of sleep and restless sleep.
Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a variety of factors, the most common of which is inheritance. A healthy deep sleep, on the other hand, is disease prevention. And a lack of sleep exacerbates the condition. As a result, we want you to get enough and regular sleep:
· Sleep for 7–8 hours every day.
· Go to bed before midnight, preferably until 23:00.
· Do not work or gaze at a screen for at least an hour before night to avoid overburdening the neurological system.
· Sleep in a room that is dark, cool, and well-ventilated.
And if it doesn’t work out?
And if it doesn’t work, the chance of Alzheimer’s disease rises. Nobody will be able to show it to anyone. If you write to your boss at the age of 55 and complain, “I damaged my brain because of you, you are an inept monster,” he will calmly respond, “Taking care of yourself is only your concern.”