Identifying age-related sleep deprivation vulnerability window for prevention of Alzheimer's disease | Matthew Walker

Parent Episode: Dr. Matthew Walker on Sleep for Enhancing Learning, Creativity, Immunity, and Glymphatic System

The decline of deep, slow-wave sleep begins early in life, and by the time a person is in their 80s, their deep sleep brain waves are almost undetectable. The fact that poor sleep is linked with the aggregation of amyloid-beta plaques in the brain and Alzheimer's disease is not surprising. Although some strategies for improving the quality of sleep among people with Alzheimer's have been identified, this might be too late to turn the tide of cognitive decline. But new research is focused on identifying certain windows of vulnerability during a person's life when interventions might improve sleep quality and confer a kind of resilience to Alzheimer's disease, staving off the cognitive decline commonly associated with aging. In this clip, Dr. Matthew Walker talks about the importance of identifying early-life windows of vulnerability to prevent or delay age-related cognitive decline.

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