Sumary of Expert explores how our sleeping patterns can be linked to cognitive decline:
- Dr Greg Elder, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Associate Director of Northumbria Sleep Research explores why a good night’s sleep is important and how our sleeping patterns can be linked to conditions like dementia for The Conversation.
- Does too much sleep really increase your risk of cognitive decline?
- Image Credit: Northumbria University A good night’s sleep is important for many reasons.
- It helps our body repair itself and function as it should, and is linked to better mental health and lower risk of many health conditions – including heart disease and diabetes.
- It’s also been shown that not getting enough sleep is linked to cognitive decline and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine have published a paper that indicates that just like getting too little sleep, sleeping too much may also be linked with cognitive decline.
- The research team wanted to know how much sleep was linked to cognitive impairment over time.
- At the time of their study, 88 people did not show any signs of dementia, while 12 showed signs of cognitive impairment (one with mild dementia and 11 with the pre-dementia stage of mild cognitive impairment).