Too Much Napping May Signal Alzheimer's

Recent research shows that excessive napping may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers have found that the areas of the brain that keep you awake during the day are damaged in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, which is why those with the condition may nap excessively long before they start to forget things. Further, the scientists also found that damage to those brain regions was caused by the protein tau. This gives more evidence that tau may play a larger role in Alzheimer’s than the amyloid protein.

The findings were recently published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Areas of the brain that keep you awake during the day are damaged in the early stages of the memory-robbing disease, which is why people with Alzheimer’s may nap excessively long before they start to struggle with forgetting things, the study authors said.

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