Association of Short and Long Sleep Duration With Amyloid-beta Burden and Cognition in Aging. JAMA neurology Winer, J. R., Deters, K. D., Kennedy, G., Jin, M., Goldstein-Piekarski, A., Poston, K. L., Mormino, E. C. 2021


Importance: Disrupted sleep is common in aging and is associated with cognition. Age-related changes to sleep are associated with multiple causes, including early Alzheimer disease pathology (amyloid beta [Abeta]), depression, and cardiovascular disease.Objective: To investigate the associations between self-reported sleep duration and brain Abeta burden as well as the demographic, cognitive, and lifestyle variables in adults with normal cognition.Design, Setting, and Participants: This cross-sectional study obtained data from participants in the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's Disease (A4) study, which is being conducted in 67 sites in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan. The sample for this analysis consisted of individuals aged 65 to 85 years who underwent an Abeta positron emission tomography (PET) scan, had complete apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype data, and were identified as clinically normal (per a Clinical Dementia Rating score of 0) and cognitively unimpaired (per a Mini-Mental State Examination score of 25 to 30 and Logical Memory Delayed Recall test score of 6 to 18). Data were analyzed from April 3, 2020, to June 20, 2021.Main Outcomes and Measures: The outcome was self-reported nightly sleep duration (grouped by short sleep duration: =6 hours, normal sleep duration: 7-8 hours, and long sleep duration: =9 hours) compared with demographic characteristics, Abeta burden (as measured with a fluorine 18-labeled-florbetapir PET scan), objective and subjective cognitive function measures, and lifestyle variables.Results: The 4417 participants in the study included 2618 women (59%) and had a mean (SD) age of 71.3 (4.7) years. Self-reported shorter sleep duration was linearly associated with higher Abeta burden (beta [SE]=-0.01 [0.00]; P=.005), and short sleep duration was associated with reduced cognition that was mostly in memory domains. No difference in Abeta was found between long and normal sleep duration groups (beta [SE]=0.00[0.01]; P=.99). However, compared with normal sleep duration, both short and long sleep durations were associated with higher body mass index (short vs normal sleep duration: beta [SE]=0.48 [0.17], P=.01; long vs normal sleep duration: beta [SE]=0.97 [0.31], P=.002), depressive symptoms (short vs normal sleep duration: beta [SE]=0.31 [0.05], P<.001; long vs normal sleep duration: beta [SE]=0.39 [0.09], P<.001), and daytime napping (short vs normal sleep duration: beta [SE]=2.66 [0.77], P=.001; long vs normal sleep duration: beta [SE]=3.62 [1.38], P=.01). Long sleep duration was associated with worse performance across multiple cognitive domains.Conclusions and Relevance: In this cross-sectional study, both short and long sleep durations were associated with worse outcomes for older adults, such as greater Abeta burden, greater depressive symptoms, higher body mass index, and cognitive decline, emphasizing the importance of maintaining adequate sleep.

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