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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KMOX) — Trouble sleeping? A local researcher finds it may affect your memory later on.

Washington University neurologist Yo-El Ju says disrupted sleep appears to be associated with the build-up of amyloid plaques, a hallmark marker of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Ju says in her study people who woke up more than five times per hour had a higher chance of having pre clinical alzheimer’s disease compared to those who didn’t wake up as much.

Same thing if you spend less than 85 percent of your time in bed actually sleeping. But Ju says there was no association with memory problems later in life and the amount of sleep you get.

One key bit of advice for getting quality sleep? Dr. Ju says try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

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