Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Shakespeare described sleep as “the main course in life’s feast, and the most nourishing.” New research suggests it may also be a key nutrient in warding off Alzheimer’s disease.
Poor sleep has long been linked to Alzheimer’s, but the relationship is akin to the chicken-and-egg conundrum. It isn’t clear which came first. During deep sleep, the brain produces slow electrical waves and flushes out neurotoxins including amyloid and tau, two hallmarks of the disease.
One of my goals for the future is to get more good sleep. I'm a pretty terrible sleeper and have been since I graduated from college. But it's never too late to take to your bed.