Maybe you should rethink that all-nighter?
A new study published in Science hints at a connection between sleep (or lack thereof) and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In both mice and humans, amyloid-beta peptide levels rose during waking hours, but then fell again upon sleep. Amyloid-beta plaques (like those found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients) formed more readily in sleep-deprived mice. Although certainly not a smoking gun, this research may indicate poor sleep patterns are a risk factor for development of Alzheimer’s disease.
…I think I’ll turn in early tonight…