Sleep, brain vascular health and ageing

Arehally M. Mahalakshmi, Bipul Ray, Sunanda Tuladhar, Abid Bhat, Muhammed Bishir, Srinivasa Rao Bolla, Jian Yang, Musthafa Mohamed Essa, Saravana Babu Chidambaram*, Gilles J. Guillemin, Meena Kishore Sakharkar*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Sleep maintains the function of the entire body through homeostasis. Chronic sleep deprivation (CSD) is a prime health concern in the modern world. Previous reports have shown that CSD has profound negative effects on brain vasculature at both the cellular and molecular levels, and that this is a major cause of cognitive dysfunction and early vascular ageing. However, correlations among sleep deprivation (SD), brain vascular changes and ageing have barely been looked into. This review attempts to correlate the alterations in the levels of major neurotransmitters (acetylcholine, adrenaline, GABA and glutamate) and signalling molecules (Sirt1, PGC1α, FOXO, P66shc, PARP1) in SD and changes in brain vasculature, cognitive dysfunction and early ageing. It also aims to connect SD-induced loss in the number of dendritic spines and their effects on alterations in synaptic plasticity, cognitive disabilities and early vascular ageing based on data available in scientific literature. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first article providing a pathophysiological basis to link SD to brain vascular ageing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1257-1283
Number of pages27
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2020


  • Cognition
  • Neurochemicals
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • Vascular ageing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Ageing
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • veterinary (miscalleneous)


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