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Disrupted sleep linked to dementia


Sleep experts estimate 40 percent of adults over 75 suffer from sleep problems. To add to the issue, researchers have discovered a link between a lack of sleep and cognitive decline.

Kristine Yaffe, psychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, runs a memory disorder clinic that studies people at risk of developing dementia and cognitive impairment. In a recent study she evaluated more than 1,300 adults who are older than 75. She observed their sleep patterns and found that those with breathing related sleep disorders, such as apnea, had more than twice the odds of developing dementia later in life.

To learn more, visit the article on NPR.org.


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