Sleeping Less Accelerates the Brain's Aging Process

Posted on July 5, 2014

Not getting enough sleep rots the brain. New research on older people suggests that not getting enough sleep could significantly accelerate the brain's aging process.

Researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) said the latest findings suggest that the latest findings might led to more studies on how not getting enough sleep increases the risk cognitive decline and dementia.

Previous studies on sleep duration and cognitive functions reveal that seniors who show faster brain ventricle enlargement are more likely to develop neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the latest study wanted to measure how sleep influences these the rate of brain ventricle enlargement.

The latest study, which involved 66 older Chinese adults who participated in the Singapore-Longitudinal Aging Brain Study, found that participants who slept fewer hours showed evidence of faster ventricle enlargement and decline in cognitive performance.

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