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Brain Researchers Warn That Lack of Sleep is a Public Health Crisis

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Brain Researchers Warn That Lack of Sleep is a Public Health Crisis

Are you getting enough sleep?

Sleep problems have long been recognized as a symptom of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including depression and Alzheimer’s Disease, but researchers are now exploring the two-way street between disrupted sleep and disease. An alarming new line of research suggests that poor sleep may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, as even a single night of sleep deprivation boosts brain levels of the proteins that form toxic clumps in Alzheimer’s patients. Sleep researchers worry that the risks of too little sleep may not be taken seriously enough and they hope that more research into this topic will help motivate others to focus on sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle. For more on this research, check out The Washington Post.