How Is Alzheimer’s Connected to Sleep Issues?

sleep-dentistryAccording to new research, poor quality of sleep can increase a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This is because when you don’t get enough sleep – due to constant interruptions – the protein known as beta-amyloid builds up in the body and further disrupts your ability to sleep. This buildup is what doctors believe destroys brain cells and, ultimately, can make you more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s.

When patients come to Aesthetic Dental Care with signs of poor sleep patterns – such as constant tiredness, low energy, undereye bags, weight gain, snoring and complaints from their sleep partner of holding their breath for long periods throughout the night – Dr. Jerry Strauss often shares the following tips to improve their sleep quality:

  • Establish regular sleep times.
  • Attempt to get 6-8 hours of sleep every night.
  • Stay away from caffeine and alcohol in the evenings.
  • Do your exercise routines earlier in the day.
  • Turn off the TV and computer and relax before bed.
  • Avoid addictive sleeping pills.

If a patient shows symptoms of sleep apnea, the most important part is a diagnosis. Dr. Strauss stresses the need to get a sleep study to determine severity of the condition and to help reduce the problem through a custom-made dental appliance.
By addressing what may be hindering your ability to get a good night’s sleep, you may be protecting your overall brain health for the future. If you have any questions or wish to know more about how you can get better sleep, please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Strauss.


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