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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Friday, March 16, 2018

alzheimers news-im sleepy

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i seem to say that to my wife she twice a day
once after lunch
the other
after supper

i do notice its worse in regards the after lunch sleepiness
a week after my infusions i get monthly in the
aducanumab study at ucla

whether or not its really that im not sure
i guess one day if i find out im getting the placebo
then ill know those infusions didnt do it
it maybe was
a placebo effect

sleep is important in regards to developing alzheimers disease
as you are sleeping there are garbage cells that are
programmed to go into the brain and clean up any debris
that has accumulated
this seems to happen during your deep sleep
this usually requires a good 7-8 hours of sleep for
all this to happen

part of this debris that accumulates is the bad beta amyloid
that is produced and builds up in the brain
its that bad beta amyloid that kills brain cells as it forms
plaques of amyloid
this is what is thought to be the cause of alzheimers disease
the accumulation of amyloid
the lack of adequate sleep exacerbates this
it may not be the only cause but it makes it worse

so a good restful adequate sleep is important

now researchers in a recent article found that this excessive
daytime sleepiness may indicate an individuals risk for
alzheimers disease
man am i in trouble

in this mayo clinic study following 70 year olds with excessive
daytime sleepiness for seven years with amyloid brain scans
they found 22% of them accumulated the amyloid
in places where alzheimers disease usually starts in the brain

so does the excessive sleepiness cause the accumulation
does the accumulation cause the excessive sleepiness
the chicken or the egg theory

get adequate sleep please
the early in life you start the better

i wonder what is going to happen in all those young folks
who dont get enough sleep due to cell phones computers
excessive lights working etc
just ask any high school or middle school teacher about this

they are doing a long term experiment on themselves that will give us
an answer in 40-50 years

im hoping it wont happen to them

the organicgreen doctor

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