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Study: Sleep Deprivation Linked with Memory Loss in Older Women

by / Monday, 02 June 2014 / Published in Sleeping and Sleep Disorders

memory, memory lossWhen you don’t get enough sleep, it’s easy to identify the immediate effects. You may find that you feel tired, groggy, irritable and unable to concentrate, just to name a few. However, are you aware that poor sleep habits could have a long-term impact on your cognitive abilities?

According to a press release published on May 2nd, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts, recently found that extreme sleep durations may affect brain health later in life.

Researchers examined more than 15,000 women over the age of 70 and determined that those who slept five or fewer hours or nine or more hours per day in midlife or later life had worse memory than those who slept seven hours per day.

“Our findings suggest that getting an ‘average’ amount of sleep, seven hours per day, may help maintain memory in later life and that clinical interventions based on sleep therapy should be examined for the prevention of cognitive impairment,” said study leader Elizabeth Devore in the press release.

This isn’t the first study to suggest that there’s a connection between sleep deprivation and memory loss. Unfortunately, people who suffer from untreated sleep apnea often have a difficult time getting a full night’s sleep, meaning they could be at greater risk of developing memory loss and other cognitive and physiological health issues.

Don’t let untreated sleep apnea ruin your quality of life. Find out if you may have sleep apnea by taking a simple online test today.

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