Use of Melatonin for Cognitive Function and Sleep in Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

The process of Alzheimer’s development and progression is often accompanied by neurobehavioral changes including disrupted sleep, especially night time awakenings.1 Importantly, sleep plays a significant role in learning and memory. Specifically, memory consolidation occurs during sleep via the strengthening of the neural connections that form memories.2 Hence, the combination of Alzheimer’s disease resulting in disrupted […] Read More

Reversal of Cognitive Decline

Across the globe, there has been an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment in the populace. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and it is estimated that every 66 seconds a new person in the US develops the disease. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is so significant that it […] Read More

Addressing Insomnia in Older Adults with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Instead of Drugs

Approximately 30% to 50% of adults experience problems with insomnia. The prevalence of insomnia is more common in older adults and is often chronic. Insomnia is associated with risk of stroke, falls, and cognitive decline. Treatment guidelines for insomnia recommend behavioral therapy as a first-line management strategy. However, access to behavioral therapy can be difficult […] Read More

Vascular Impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease: The Role of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person has one or more pauses in breathing, or very shallow breaths, while they sleep. Then, normal breathing starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. When a person’s breath becomes too shallow or actually pauses, their body moves from deep sleep and into […] Read More

Role of Melatonin Supplementation in Neurodegenerative Disorders

  Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the human brain. It helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body’s circadian rhythm, which plays a critical role in when the body falls asleep and wakes up. When exposed to dark, the human body produces more melatonin. Likewise, the production of melatonin drops […] Read More

Melatonin for Cognitive Function and Sleep in Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

  There is emerging evidence connecting poor sleep quality and Alzheimer’s disease. The Brain Science Institute states that patients with Alzheimer’s disease exhibit changes in their sleep patterns, including fragmentation of their sleep and reduced sleep at night.1 The researchers for this study noted that internal melatonin levels are already reduced at preclinical Alzheimer’s disease stages, […] Read More

Sleep Deprivation Associated with Increased Food Intake

  35% of Americans report getting less than 7 hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period, 48% report snoring, 38% report unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month, and 5% report nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month.1 While people have […] Read More