A good amount of sleep can play a role in our mental health and physical wellbeing. According to a new study, sleep and our circadian rhythm, which regulates our sleep cycle, play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.Cardiac arrhythmia is a normal, intrinsic process that occurs every 24 hours. Our natural digestion, hunger, and even immunity are all controlled by our cardiac rhythm.
For example, things like the time we eat our meals and physical activity keep our heartbeat in sync. It is vital that our circadian rhythm works correctly, since disruption of this cycle has been linked to various health problems, such as mental health disorders, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
A team of researchers from the United States of America has found that patients with Alzheimer’s disease usually have heartbeat disruptions when their sleeping habit changes. Later, other disorders happen at the later stage. The heartbeat or the cardiac rhythm worsens at the later stage of the disease. There is no proper evidence of whether sleep causes Alzheimer’s.Researchers have discovered that cells that keep the brain healthy also have a 24-hour circadian rhythm, which they believe is a mechanism for eliminating beta-amyloid plaques.
These cells’ ability to clear damaging plaques linked to Alzheimer’s disease may be harmed by their disrupted circadian rhythm.The researchers have initially confirmed that beta-amyloid plaques are forming in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Beta-amyloid is a protein that often congregates in the brain forming clumps and plaques that interrupt the function of brain cells.