Are you getting enough sleep?
There are health risks associated with too much or too little sleep!
Researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts have concluded that the number of hours of sleep required is seven.
They concluded that either too much or insufficient sleep in middle age women led to an increase in memory loss.
"Given the importance of preserving memory into later life, it is critical to identify modifiable factors, such as sleeping habits, that may help achieve this goal," “
"Our findings suggest that getting an average amount of sleep, seven hours per day, may help maintain memory in later life and that clinical interventions based on sleep therapy should be examined for the prevention of cognitive impairment " said study co-author Elizabeth Devore.
The study looked at the past sleep patterns and memory skills of about 15,260 female nurses aged 70 or older who were participants in the long-running Nurses' Health Study.
When compared to women who'd gotten the recommended seven hours of sleep a night vs. those who'd slept less than five hours or more than nine hours demonstrated weaker memory skills – that equated to aging two or more cognitive years.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following hours of sleep:
Adults 18 and older - 7 to 9 hours a night
Children 11 to 17 – 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours per night
Children 6 to 11 - 10 to 11 hours per night
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