A new sleep and dementia research unit at a university in England hopes to learn more about the link between sleep problems and Alzheimer’s disease, reports the BBC.

Researchers hope treating sleep disturbances early on could help slow down the progression of the disease. There are no other treatments available that do this, the university said.

An initial study at the new unit will investigate if healthy people who are at increased genetic risk of developing Alzheimer’s could be more vulnerable to sleep loss and how their body clock was affected by sleep disturbance.