Study Finds Daytime Sleepiness Could be Early Sign of Alzheimer’s

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Source: CNN

A new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology reported that excessive sleepiness during the day leads to a buildup of a certain chemical in the brain that is found to be one of the first stages of Alzheimer’s.

Researchers conducted a study to see if patients without dementia who experienced excessive daytime sleepiness would develop excessive amounts of the protein, amyloid, which disrupt sleeps and is found in patients with dementia.

The study included more than 200 elderly people who were first identified as not having dementia; researchers then studied the buildup of the protein in their brains over time in correlation with the amount of daytime sleepiness they reported.

Researchers concluded that daytime sleepiness was in fact correlated with greater buildup of amyloid over a two year period.

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