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Sleeping 'linked to increased chance of dementia'

Sleeping 'linked to increased chance of dementia'
6th April 2009

A new study has revealed that sleeping longer could be linked to a much increased chance of developing memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

The research, which was published in the European Journal of Neurology last week, found those people spending the most time in bed - around nine hours or more a night - are twice as likely to develop dementia as those going for shorter rest arrangements.

The results even took into account both smoking and drinking habits, with the degenerative disease being 2.18 times more likely to strike those with a lazier or more relaxed schedule.

However, the solution is not to go the other way, with researchers noting that people getting fewer than five hours of sleep a night should also expect an increased risk.

Last week, the Alzheimer's Society responded to the Care Quality Commission, stating that better care sanctions are now needed to protect the best interests of sufferers.

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