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  • Short sleep linked to aging brain

    Jul 02 2014...
    A new study finds that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age.

    Results show that each hour of reduced sleep duration changed the annual expansion rate of the ventricles by 0.59 percent. Ventricles are the internal chambers of the brain. Their expansion is a reliable marker for the risk of cognitive impairment. The study also found that reduced sleep sped up the annual decline rate in cognitive performance by 0.67 percent. READ MORE>>
  • Promoting better sleep can improve mental state in hospitals

    Feb 20 2013...
    A hospital is not the best place to get a good night's sleep, especially in a noisy intensive care unit. It's a cause for concern because studies have shown that a lack of sleep can cause patients to experience delirium – an altered mental state that may delay their recovery and lead to short and long-term confusion and memory problems.

    A team of doctors, nurses, psychologists and pharmacists in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at The Johns Hopkins Hospital implemented a project to see if by taking simple steps to reduce nighttime noise, light, and staff interruptions, as well as stopping certain medications for insomnia, they could reduce delirium and improve patient perceptions about the quality of their sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Many seniors sleep like younger adults

    Nov 29 2012...
    Researchers found that more than half of all retired people aged 65 and over report sleeping at least 7.5 hours per night, and between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., contrary to commonly held assumptions that most elderly go to bed early and have trouble sleeping through the night. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep myths: Separating fact from fiction

    Oct 29 2012...
    Sleep is extremely important as we spend about a third of our life doing it. There is so much information out there about sleep it’s enough to make your head spin. Here, we dispel some of the common myths about sleeping. READ MORE>>
  • When napping is good for older folks

    Jul 09 2012...
    Napping can be good for seniors – as long as they don’t sleep too much. A new study in the July issue of the journal SLEEP studied the sleep habits of 1,166 Israeli seniors ages 75 to 94. READ MORE>>
  • Getting older means you sleep better, not worse, study shows

    Mar 01 2012...
    Older people often complain about sleeping poorly as a sign of aging. Turns out that sleep improves during an adult’s lifetime. A study in the March edition of SLEEP analyzed 150,000 responses to questions about sleep issues. READ MORE>>
  • Mid-Life Sleep Changes May Accelerate Cognitive Decline

    May 04 2011...
    New research published in the journal SLEEP shows that middle-aged adults who have negative changes in sleep duration may experience a decline in cognitive function comparable to four to seven years of aging. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep Apnea and Sleepiness Raises Older Adults’ Death Risk

    Apr 12 2011...
    A study in the latest issue of the journal SLEEP provides further evidence that sleep apnea should never be left untreated. READ MORE>>
  • Studying the sleeping habits of 100-year-olds

    May 03 2010...
    Is the trick to living out a healthy and productive twilight getting a good night’s sleep? Those who’ve already celebrated their 100th birthday sleep longer and better than the rest of the elderly. READ MORE>>
  • Is 100 year olds' secret to longevity sleep?

    May 01 2010...
    Is the trick to living out a healthy and productive twilight getting a good night’s sleep? Those who’ve already celebrated their 100th birthday sleep longer and better than the rest of the elderly. READ MORE>>