Research Links Alzheimer’s Disease to Sleeping with Head Covered

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Study discovers that sleeping with the head partially or fully covered by bedding, such as blankets, increases the occurrence and severity of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Barry Stanley

Any avoidance or postponement of the onset of Alzheimer's disease however minimal would be welcome considering the expected future costs of the disease, not to mention the improvement in the lives of those who avoid it by changing their sleeping habits.

The study found that sleeping with the head partially or fully covered by bedding would result in a 92.8% chance of suffering from either an early stage, middle stage, or late stage of dementia, by the age of 70.

The study also found that dementia appeared to occur at an earlier age, when head covering is practiced.

The data suggested that as much as 23% of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease was solely due to head covering as opposed to other causes.

The study considered that sleeping in a restricted air space would result in a depletion of oxygen over time accompanied by an increase in carbon dioxide through rebreathing, the repeated inhalation of exhaled air. This can result in episodes of hypoxia. Hypoxia has been considered responsible for an increase of A-beta proteins, the accumulation of which is considered as the significant marker of Alzheimer’s disease.

The author of the study, Barry Stanley, has written a book, Rebreathing (publisher: Authorhouse), which explains how rebreathing may not only be the cause of SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but that it could also be the cause of many, if not most, learning disabilities. His current research is considering how rebreathing can impact on individuals older than one year of age. This study reflects his discoveries of the relationship between rebreathing and Alzheimer's disease. He is currently investigating whether sleeping with the head covered impacts on students' ability to learn.


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