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Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds

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Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk

Researchers have pondered about how sleep relates to cognitive decline.

Answers have been elusive because it is hard to know if insufficient sleep is a symptom of the brain changes that underlie dementia — or if it can actually help cause those changes.

Now, a 

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New Research On Sleep

One theory is that the more people are awake, the longer their neurons are active and the more amyloid (a protein in the brain that clumps into plaques in Alzheimer’s) is produced, Dr. Musiek said. 

Another theory is that during sleep, fluid flowing in the brain helps clear out excess ...

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How Can We Get More Sleep?

Having a regular sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bedtime and removing phones and computers from the bedroom are among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “sleep hygiene” guidelines

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