Sleep Newzzz - January 15, 2020
My, how time flies!
We’re already halfway into the first month of the new decade. Are you still sticking with your New Year resolutions?
If not, that’s okay! Don’t lose sleep over it. Especially when losing just one night of sleep can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s!
Read more about it on this week’s Sleep Newzzz.
Losing One Night’s Sleep May Increase Risk factor for Alzheimer’s
A preliminary study has discovered that losing one night’s sleep increased the levels of tau protein in the blood compared to a night of uninterrupted sleep.
What is tau protein? According to Alzheimer’s Association, tau is a protein that helps stabilize the internal makeup of brain nerve cells.
An abnormal form of tau builds up in Alzheimer’s and causes the interior of the cell to fall apart.
In a healthy person, sleep helps clear away tau and other toxins in the brain.
Sleep deprivation can disrupt and interfere with the brain’s ability to clean up, causing more tau to develop and accumulate.
In other words, poor sleep can hasten the development of cognitive issues.
Olympians Will Snooze on Cardboard Beds in 2020
In an effort to use materials that could be remade and recycled after the Olympics, athletes will be sleeping on beds with frames constructed out of cardboard.
It can stand up to 200 kilograms, that’s about 400 pounds! They are actually stronger than wooden beds.
The single bed frames will be recycled into paper products after the games. The mattress, which is not made of cardboard, will be recycled into plastic products.
Organizers say this is the first time the beds and bedding in the athletes village will have been made of renewable materials.
Is Your Fat Tongue Causing Sleep Apnea?
Do you have a fat tongue?
If you are one of a billion people globally who suffer from sleep apnea, having a fat tongue could be a key reason you snore, choke, or stop breathing periodically during the night.
But how do you lose tongue fat?
A new study has found that you can trim down your fatty tongue as you lose overall body fat. The researchers used MRI imaging to measure the effect on upper airways of a 10% weight loss in 67 obese patients.
The MRI images showed that reducing tongue fat was the primary reason overall sleep apnea scores improved by 31%.