World Alzheimer’s Day Message: Your Healthy Brain Depends on Quality Sleep

World Alzheimer’s Day Message: Your Healthy Brain Depends on Quality Sleep

World Alzheimer’s Day Message: Your Healthy Brain Depends on Quality Sleep

Join us in commemorating World Alzheimer’s Day as we shed light on the crucial connection between our brains and our sleep. Quality sleep is often overlooked as something essential for optimal brain function. That’s why it makes sense to prioritize getting sufficient restorative sleep every night as a crucial aspect of brain health and quite perhaps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

senior woman looking worried - suffering from neck pain Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease: An Interconnected Relationship

Today, it’s estimated more than 6 million Americans are grappling with Alzheimer’s disease[1] not only affecting these individuals, but also their families. The distress associated with caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s or another dementia has also been shown to negatively influence the quality of family caregivers’ sleep[2].

Sleep and Alzheimer’s: Chicken vs. Egg?

So is Alzheimer’s caused by sleep disturbances or does insufficient, poor quality sleep cause Alzheimer’s? We know brains affected by poor sleep may influence Alzheimer’s-related brain changes[3] which begin years before memory loss and other disease symptoms appear. Therefore, sleep disturbances may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease[4].

We also know when you are consistently sleep-deprived, stress hormone levels like cortisol rise over time causing brain inflammation, neural damage, and impaired function. Elevated cortisol can also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by promoting the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain which are associated with cognitive decline and dementia[5].

Furthermore, numerous studies report an association between Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and sleep disturbances[6]. Insomnia, trouble falling asleep and other sleep disturbances are common symptoms Alzheimer’s patients suffer.

Whether sleep is recognized as a cause or a condition of Alzheimer’s disease, it’s clear the two are inextricably linked.

A Healthy Brain Requires Quality Sleep

The SAMINA Sleep company understands the importance of quality sleep for a healthy brain. That’s why they created an organic sleep system designed to support the body and all it needs to get quality rest and recovery every night. The company’s mission is to help people discover the natural healing powers of sleep and to gain the health benefits exclusively available from quality sleep.

“The SAMINA sleep system is designed to provide the best possible sleep solution using nontoxic, natural materials to promote the body’s self-healing powers and to improve health while sleeping.” – Claus Pummer, President and Holistic Sleep Coach

We invite you to join SAMINA in recognizing World Alzheimer’s Day and the importance of quality sleep for a healthy brain. As you navigate the complexities of Alzheimer’s, understand that a lack of quality sleep is a risk factor for dementia that may eventually lead to Alzheimer’s disease. SAMINA advises taking small steps towards better sleep which can make a remarkable difference in your life.

happy senior couple embracing in bed before sleeping Sleep Strategies to Nurture a Healthy Brain

There are a few things you can do to ensure you’re getting the most out of your sleep. First, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night[7]. Second, create a bedtime routine and stick to it. This will help your body and mind know it’s time to wind down for the night. Finally, create a sleep-friendly environment in your bedroom. This means keeping the room dark, quiet, and cool.

So you can count on making better decisions, problem-solving, and thinking more clearly, learn other strategies to sleep better that will help ensure your brain gets the rest it needs.

On World Alzheimer’s Day, SAMINA consciously brings to light the inextricable link between quality sleep and maintaining a healthy brain. The company urges everyone to prioritize restful nights for sharper minds and a brighter, healthier future!

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[1] Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association, https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/facts-figures
[2] Sleep Duration and Sleep Quality in Caregivers of Patients With Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, JAMA 2019 Aug 2, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31441938/
[3] Does poor sleep raise risk for Alzheimer’s disease?, National Institute on Aging 2016, https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/does-poor-sleep-raise-risk-alzheimers-disease
[4] Sleep Disorders Associated With Alzheimer’s Disease: A Perspective, Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2018, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5990625/
[5] High Cortisol and the Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Review of the Literature, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2019
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6405479/
[6] Sleep in Alzheimer’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of polysomnographic findings, Translational Psychiatry, 2022, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41398-022-01897-y
[7] Recommended Amount of Sleep for a Healthy Adult: A Joint Consensus Statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society, Journal of Clinical Sleep
Medicine, https://aasm.org/resources/pdf/pressroom/adult-sleep-duration-consensus.pdf