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AAN 2023 | The relationship between sleep and neurodegeneration

Alberto Ramos, MD, FAAN, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, discusses the important link between sleep and neurodegeneration. Sleep can be both an exposure and an outcome in the degenerative process, and certain sleep issues can indicate a vulnerability to brain disorders. Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality can increase the production of proteins associated with neurodegenerative processes. Therefore, sleep disorders may put individuals at risk for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, particularly as the population ages. Early identification and intervention through studying sleep disorders and their impact on cognitive function is essential. Prof. Ramos also mentions ongoing research focused on the relationship between sleep apnea, hypertension, and dementia risk in the Hispanic community. Overall, understanding and addressing sleep disorders can potentially improve brain health and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. This interview took place at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting 2023 in Boston, MA.

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