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Self-reported sleep disturbances 'linked to Alzheimer's'

Self-reported sleep disturbances 'linked to Alzheimer's'
31st October 2014

Older men who report they struggle with disturbed sleep could be more likely to develop Alzheimer's in later life, according to new research.

A study that's published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia examined in excess of 1,000 men who were 50 years old at the beginning of the trial, which commenced in 1970. 

Over the 40-year timeframe, self-reported sleep disturbances were linked to higher levels of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists believe a good night's sleep could be instrumental to brain health. 

Sleep researcher at Uppsala University Christian Benedict, who led the study, said: "We demonstrate that men with self-reported sleep disturbances run a 1.5-fold higher risk to develop Alzheimer's disease than those without reports of sleep disturbances during a 40-year follow-up period."

In addition, the later in life that the disturbances were reported, the higher the likelihood of developing the degenerative disorder. 

The scientists recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle to help combat the onset of cognitive decline. 

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