The Best Way To Sleep And Not Die From ALS & Other Brain Diseases


A recent research has shown that the posture you rest in may cause or alleviate illnesses like ALS. Laying on your side has been linked to a reduced risk of acquiring neurodegenerative disorders like ALS.

The most frequent kind of motor nerve cell degeneration is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They gradually lose the capacity to talk, eat & breathe as their muscles weaken due to ALS. As of now, there is no recognized treatment.

Degenerative brain illnesses, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, & multiple sclerosis, have many commonalities, despite the fact that their medical manifestations and disease development seem to be extremely distinct.

ALS & other neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, become more common with aging and lead to slow brain tissue atrophy. The important thing to keep in mind is that under these conditions, waste proteins build up in the brain.

The glymphatic network, which eliminates wastes from the nervous system, was examined as a possible method of preventing ALS. If the propagation of these junk proteins including their seedlings could be stopped, or at the very least slowed, the illness would be prevented or delayed. ALS-like signs, such as brain shrinkage, were seen in the rodents subjected to the ALS-linked protein. In addition, their capacity to eliminate glymphatic waste was weakened.

When we are conscious, the glymphatic mechanism, which eliminates waste and toxins from the brain, is mostly inactive. As an alternative, it gets to work when we’re sleeping. The nature of our sleep degrades with age, which raises our chance of developing neurodegenerative diseases like ALS. Glymphatic clearance may also be affected by sleep orientation.

It has been shown that lateral is the best posture for glymphatic drainage in rats, as opposed to supine as well as prone positions. Results imply that gravity, compaction, and elongation of tissue may play a role in the phenomenon.

William Reid
A science writer through and through, William Reid’s first starting working on offline local newspapers. An obsessive fascination with all things science/health blossomed from a hobby into a career. Before hopping over to Optic Flux, William worked as a freelancer for many online tech publications including ScienceWorld, JoyStiq and Digg. William serves as our lead science and health reporter.