Sleep Deprivation

Rockwell Hamilton

You wake up and it’s Monday. Time to go back to the daily grind. You’re probably tired, and that’s never fun, but do you know what would make you feel even worse about staying up late? Know that you are speeding up the onset of Alzheimer’s every time you don’t get enough sleep, and sleep deprivation leaves you unable to learn and remember as effectively. Every time you get an adequate amount of sleep, you cleanse your brain of a toxic protein known as beta-amyloid. “Over the past few years, the links between sleep, beta-amyloid, memory, and Alzheimer’s disease have been growing stronger” (William Jagust). Jagust also talks about how the buildup of this toxic protein leads to a cycle of inability to get adequate sleep, which leads to the buildup of more beta-amyloid. When it comes to memory, the difference between sleep-deprived people and people who get adequate sleep is astounding. According to Matthew Walker, “It’s the equivalent of retrieving files from the safe storage site of your computer’s hard drive rather than the temporary storage of a USB stick.”

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