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Senior Living Insurance: Are Sleep Habits Related to Mental Decline?

Senior Living Insurance: Are Sleep Habits Related to Mental Decline?Senior Living Insurance: Are Sleep Habits Related to Mental Decline?

According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology, reduced sleep or poor sleep quality could be linked to increased build-up of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of older adults- a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also found that a decline in cognitive function, such as memory and thinking, is a feature of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) which is a known risk factor for dementia. This raises the question, are sleep habits related to mental decline?

One study conducted by researchers from the University Hospital Madrid and Columbia University in New York was published online recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. In this study, researchers looked at data from over 2,700 people in their 60s and 70s who were followed for 3 years. At the beginning and end of the study period, the participants underwent assessment of brain function using the mini-mental state examination (MMSE), one of a battery of tests used to assess dementia.

During the study, participants filled in reports that included details of their sleeping patterns. The results shows that 49% of participants were average sleepers, 40% slept in often, and 11% got very little sleep. Over the follow-up, the MMSE scores actually declined in all three groups, however cognitive function declined nearly double the amount for those individuals who were late sleepers.

Ultimately, the studies that have been done show that sleeping longer is linked to faster decline in brain function. However, it’s important to note that researchers are still unclear on the cause and effect. Do sleep habits cause mental decline, or does mental decline cause individual’s sleep habits to change? One thing is certain, too much or too little sleep is linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity and anxiety. So, it’s vital that seniors get the right amount of sleep each night.

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