- Women who slept seven hours a night had the highest score on every cognitive measure, followed by women who had six hours of sleep.
- Men who slept six, seven or eight hours had similar cognitive function.
- Men and women who slept less than six hours or more than eight hours had far lower cognitive scores than those who slept around seven hours.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
The ideal amount of sleep is at least six hours and no more than eight hours. The consequences of sleeping less or more than this can be dire -- especially for middle-aged adults. Regularly sleeping less than six hours or more than eight hours is linked to a decline in brain function, according to British researchers at the University College London Medical School. HealthDay News reports that the magnitude of this sleep-induced mental decline is equal to being four to seven years older than your real age. The study found:
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