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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
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Thursday, April 4, 2024

my story revisited #203-sleep makes the list


on the list of healthy things to do is to get adequate sleep to help prevent alzheimers disease
for most folks thats 7-9 hours a night
during sleep is when the brain repairs itself
the microglia the garbage can guys go in at night while you sleep to clean up any debris left in the brain
its this debris that if its left to accumulate can lead to plaques and tangles that occurs in alzheimers disease
if you dont get enough sleep the garbage guys cant do their jobs
for most folks it takes that 7-9 hours for that to occur

for me i get 5 hours of sleep a night thanks to taking donepezil or aricept 
i compensate by taking a 1-2 hour nap each afternoon
the aricept or donepezil seems to interfere with my sleep at night
it does make for some good wild dreams
just ask my wife she

also some folks have a problem with sleep apnea or other issues
its important to control those to ensure adequate sleep
sleep helps if its good adequate sleep
to slow down the disease process
more later on

the last two weeks i have been to the alzheimers walk
Image result for walk to end alzheimer's logo 2015
for williamson county 
which will be september 26 2015
at san gabriel park in georgetown
donate or join my team organicgreendoctor
or form your own team

for travis county
which will be october 10 2015
at camp mabry in austin
a beautiful location for a walk
we will be walking with the austin regional clinic team
donate and or join the team

while at the meetings i can just feel the momentum that
seems to be forming
the momentum to do something about this awful disease
it seems to finally be gaining traction with our national
maybe because so many of us are affected by this disease

we can see it in the number of folks signing up for the walks
and the amount of donations both private and business

come join and help us
go to www.alz.org
to find the walk near you

now it seems that how you sleep position wise
may be important in slowing down alzheimers disease
now i have a bum left shoulder and use to get vertigo if
i laid on my left side
thanks to a steroid injection and i guess my aricept
i dont have problems laying on that side now
so i either sleep on the left or right side
i fall asleep on my back
guaranteed to snore im told
like a whale my wife she says

so it seems from research that sleeping in the lateral position
on your side helps to clear waste from the brain
that may help in slowing down the progression of alzheimers
and other neurological diseases

there is a system in the brain called the glymphatic system
that allows spinal fluid to filter through the brain
removing wastes like the bad beta amyloid
damaged tau protein from the brain

its that accumulation in the brain that causes the damage
in alzheimers

laying on the back or stomach slows down that filtering system

wonder what effect that has on infants who are laid on their
interesting huh

so in summary
get a good nights sleep around 7-8 hours
sleep on your side
not in your easy chair
punch that hubby if he lays over on his back and starts to snore
his memory may be the better for it
when in texas i was on 3 alzheimers walk committees and usually talked in the opening ceremonies
here in santa barbara i did the committee for a couple of years but after the pandemic pause i didnt return to being on committee
i do though still talk at each walk here
yes each year i cry my family cries the audience cries when i talk

several years ago a journalist who did an article on my story and who follows my blog wrote me a message suggesting i write a book on my journey 
i didnt want to do a book so i decided to go back and review my old blogs on alzheimers in chronological order instead

like what i did today

the recommendation for adequate sleep in maintaining brain health has not changed nor will it ever change
remember the time to start getting adequate sleep starts the day you are born

also remember the best treatment to prevent alzheimers is maintaining your health

maybe we all should be taking siestas

the organicgreen doctor

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