Sleep evolution, architecture and its critical role in brain health

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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:39 am | Updated: 10:47 am, Tue Nov 12, 2013.

One of the many risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and memory issues are sleep disorders.

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“There’s been a number of sleep studies that have shown how absolutely critical sleep is to our health,” says Michael W. Hoffmann, director of the Stroke and Cognitive Neurology Program at James A. Haley VA Hospital, and a consultant in cognitive neurology at Sarasota’s Roskamp Institute. “Even one hour’s loss of sleep in mice causes a buildup of amyloid in the brain.”

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