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  • Excessive Napping May Signal Alzheimer’s Disease (Study)

    Study showed that too much napping could mean an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Know more about it here. 


    August 14, 2019 | Related:

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     a girl napping in a couch. it could be a sign of alzheimer's disease

    Do you find yourself sleeping during the day? You might not be tired. Rather, it might be that it is an early warning sign that you are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. 

    In the study, the authors said that the parts of your brain that keep you awake in the day are said to be damaged when you are experiencing the early stages of this disease. It is one of the reasons people with this condition may experience napping excessively before they struggle to forget things. 

    Protein Tau

    The authors also found that damage to those areas of the brain is caused by tau, which is a type of protein. Tau might play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s. In that case, it suggests that tau and not amyloid plaques precede dementia. 

    According to the senior author, Lea T. Grinberg, MD, PhD

    “Our work shows definitive evidence that the brain areas promoting wakefulness degenerate due to accumulation of tau – not amyloid protein – from the very earliest stages of the disease.”

    When the researchers compared the healthy brains of people and those with Alzheimer’s, they found that the latter had significant tau accumulation in the wakefulness-promoting brain regions. These areas lost more than 75 percent of their neurons. 

    The lead author of the study, Jun Oh, a lab research associate of Dr. Lea T. Grinberg, said that:

    “It’s remarkable because it’s not just a single brain nucleus that’s degenerating, but the whole wakefulness-promoting network. Crucially this means that the brain has no way to compensate because all of these functionally related cell types are being destroyed at the same time.”

    In a previous study, researchers discovered that too much napping could be caused by disruptions in the brain areas that promote sleep. They also stated that this issue could contribute to the progression of the disease. 

    But this latest study analyzed healthy brains and brains with Alzheimer’s. The researchers concluded that the disease affects the brain areas that promote wakefulness during the day. These are the areas of the brain that are first damaged by the disease. 

    In that case, your excessive daytime napping could not just be a result of being lazy. Rather, it could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s. 

    Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 

    Unfortunately, it is not easy to diagnose Alzheimer’s. The reason for this is that its early signs are mild or subtle at first.

    As the disease progresses, the signs are more pronounced in such a way that patients would have a hard time dealing with their daily activities. 

    Although symptoms are unique to the patient, there are common signs that may suggest this disease. 

    These would include losing common things, like glasses or keys around the house. During a conversation, they have difficulty finding the word they want to use. They also forget recent events and conversations. In some patients, they forget vital dates, like their birthdays, appointments or anniversaries. 

    What to do to avoid Alzheimer’s Disease? 

    Healthy habits can ward off this disease. Thus, consider exercising every day to prevent or slow down the disease’s progression. A 30-minute walk each day is sufficient.

    You should also consider a Mediterranean diet, which involves a lot of fresh veggies and fruits, as well as olive oil, fish, and whole grains. It is also vital to get enough sleep.

    And make sure that you support your body with the right nutrients. Head over to your online shop to browse our collection of health and wellness products that can boost memory and might ward off Alzheimer’s. When you click the link, you will be sent to our shop page where you can search for health products and add them to your virtual cart. There is no need to register an account with us. But we encourage you to register to make it easier for you to review the products you added to your virtual cart later on. 

    How About Omega-3

    In a study, researchers found a positive relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and cognition. You may find out more about it by clicking the link.

    Did you know that a ketogenic diet could prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Click the link to know more about how keto wards off Alzheimer’s and other serious medical conditions.

    About the author

    Janey Danes Janey Danes started her career as a part-time article writer, editor and proofreader in 2008. She specializes in topics related to health, travel, technology, family, and spiritual life. Danes is a licensed medical technologist and she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology. She is also a contributor to Travel Philippines | Entertainment and Medical Technology Avenue. You can also find her on Google+.

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