Expert explores how our sleeping patterns can be linked to cognitive decline

expert explores how our sleeping patterns can be linked to cognitive decline

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).

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