We usually wake up at six in the morning to start our school or work routine; Therefore, after 10:00 am we wish to take one or several naps. This situation is quite common and may not have anything special to the naked eye, but when the desire and feeling of sleep go on for hours, even days, it could be a warning sign.
According to a study published in the scientific journal JAMA Neurology, in which more than 2,900 people were studied, feeling excessively sleepy during the day doubled the chances of developing Alzheimer’s.
In the study conducted by experts from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, United States, it is stated that “excessive daytime sleepiness is associated with an increase in amyloid accumulation.” (Amyloid: a protein that, when suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, accumulates in the brain and strangles nerve cells).
This means that people with sleepiness or excessive sleep during the day are more vulnerable to the pathological changes associated with Alzheimer’s.
When you sleep, your brain removes unnecessary amyloid deposits for the proper functioning of memory, but when you don’t have a good night’s sleep, the amyloids accumulate and cause irreversible damage.
Participants who reported daytime sleepiness had more amyloid deposits compared to those who were not very sleepy during the day.
Maintaining a stable sleep cycle is paramount. Otherwise, you will attract a number of problems for your health. You will accumulate amyloids in the brain, you will disrupt the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, and your mood will not be the best. Therefore, the ideal is to sleep seven to eight hours a day.