Poor Sleep May Age Your Brain

by drsjbecker on September 21, 2012

Evidence is building that poor sleep patterns may do more than make you cranky: The amount and quality of shuteye you get could be linked to mental deterioration and Alzheimer’s disease, four new studies suggest.

Too little or too much sleep was equated with two years’ brain aging in one study. A separate study concluded that people with sleep apnea — disrupted breathing during sleep — were more than twice as likely to develop mild thinking problems or dementia compared to problem-free sleepers. Yet another suggests excessive daytime sleepiness may predict diminished memory and thinking skills, known as cognitive decline, in older people.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=666671

Health Day (consumer.healthday.com) – By Maureen Salamon – (Monday, July 16, 2012) –

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