According to new research by the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, more than 90 percent of people caring for a family member with dementia experience poor sleep. The study found that most participants got less than six hours of sleep each night, accompanied by frequent awakenings as often as four times per hour. Such disruptions can lead to chronic sleep deprivation and place caregivers at risk for depression, weight gain, heart disease and premature death. Furthermore, in a separate study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, losing sleep leads to an increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This provides new insight about the potentially harmful effects of a lack of sleep on the brain. You can read more about the University at Buffalo study HERE and the NIH study HERE.