Sleeping late and sleeping less than eight hours lowers dementia risk, says scientist: Going to bed earlier and sleeping longer may be bad for brain health
- A new study has found that elderly people who fall asleep quickly and sleep longer are more likely to develop dementia
- People who go to bed before 9 p.m. and sleep more than eight hours each night have a 70% increased risk
- Researchers believe these sleep habits are an early warning sign that a person will eventually develop a cognitive state.
- Previously, researchers have noted that disruption and strange sleep habits are a sign of poor brain health among some Americans.
A new study has found that sleeping early for a long night’s rest may increase the risk of developing dementia in an elderly person.
A Chinese research team from Shandong University in the country’s northeastern region found that people over the age of 60 who go to bed before 9 p.m. each night and sleep more than eight hours on average have an earlier risk of developing dementia. is more in comparison. His companions who slept less and stayed awake later.
While good sleep is generally associated with good brain health, this study suggests that a person is at risk of oversleeping. Experts also often warn that elderly people who start sleeping more than usual may show early signs that they will develop dementia.
Researchers believe that elderly people who suddenly start sleeping for extended periods of time should be monitored and screened for dementia so that treatment can begin earlier.
Researchers found that elderly people who slept earlier and slept more than eight hours at a time were 70% more likely to develop dementia than their peers (file photo)
The research team, which published their findings on Wednesday Journal of the American Geriatrics Societycollected sleep data from nearly 2,000 participants aged 60 to 74.
Each answered questions about their regular sleep, and was assessed to measure their cognitive function.
They were followed for an average of about four years to assess their sleeping patterns and current brain health.
Over a four-year period, the researchers found that people who slept more frequently were 70 percent more likely to develop a devastating cognitive condition.
While this study may be surprising – long, quality, sleep every night is often associated with quality brain health – experts have long warned that abnormal sleep patterns are often indicators that a person is experiencing cognitive decline. Will have.
Excessive sleepiness, insomnia and sleep disruption are seen by experts as prime early indicators that a person will eventually suffer from cognitive conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or dementia in the future.
Sometimes it is the first symptom to emerge, sometimes before a person realizes that something else is wrong.
A study published earlier this month by Stanford University researchers found that a person’s sleep age — which is more related to sleep disruption than length — can accurately predict mortality risk and cognitive health.
Experts advise people to avoid exercise, heavy meals, alcohol or caffeine straight before bedtime, keep a consistent sleep schedule and avoid afternoon naps to help prevent the fragmentation of sleep that leaves them in line. Below puts you at risk of developing cognitive issues.
“Going to bed and waking up at regular hours is the key to improving your sleep,” he explained.
‘That means not sleeping more but making sure you are completely rested. It’s a different amount for everyone and often the window is slightly different – for example, being a night owl versus an early bird.
Getting solid light exposure – preferably with outside light – during the day, keeping the sleep environment dark at night, exercising regularly but not too close to bedtime, not drinking alcohol and caffeine at bedtime, and heavy Avoiding nighttime meals contributes to healthy sleep, explained Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, a professor of sleep medicine at Stanford who contributed to the study. Neuroscience News.
Other experts have also advised people not to take naps too late in the afternoon so as not to disrupt their night’s sleep and cause them to go to bed at unusual times.
Heavy meals are also recommended within two hours of bedtime.
Mignot also says that a person who believes they are suffering from a sleep problem should consult a doctor, because sometimes medical interventions — not just behavior changes — are all that a person needs to improve their sleep. Huh.