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Sleep and Dementia: A Possible Connection

Neurologist William Jagust posits how getting more zzz's may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

In May 2023, the journal BMC Medicine published a study from a UC Berkeley team on the relationship between deep sleep—also known as slow-wave sleep—and Alzheimer’s disease. The paper, the latest...


Dr. William Jagust received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1978 and completed a residency in neurology at Boston University in 1983. He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 2004. His research focuses on the changes in the brain that accompany aging and Alzheimer’s disease, and he is the principal investigator of the Berkeley Aging Cohort Study, a longitudinal project designed to investigate such changes.

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