A protein involved in waking up from sleep could help prevent Alzheimer’s, scientists have discovered.

Links between sleep problems and Alzheimer’s disease have become increasingly established over recent years. Previous studies have shown sleep loss results in the growth of brain plaque — a key characteristic in the brains of those who suffer from the disease.

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine have found that a protein called orexin could be involved in the build-up of brain plaque, and therefore could be used to prevent Alzheimer’s.

This article originally appeared on Psychiatry Advisor

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