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Sleep on your side. When we sleep, the fluid in our brain works to clear out the waste products that can turn into the plaque linked to Alzheimer’s. In fact, our brain temporarily shrinks – but only slightly – so the fluid can get into all the nooks and crannies. And according to researchers at the Stony Brook School of Medicine, side-sleeping helps that brain fluid circulate more easily, allowing it to do a better job cleaning out the debris.