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Monday, 28 January 2013

Poor sleep in old age prevents the brain from storing memories

Having had several nights of badly disturbed sleep over the last few days because of the very strong winds rattling the security grill, the window shutter and the bedroom patio doors; my attention was drawn to this article in ScienceDaily.

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, believe they have found the elusive connection between poor sleep, memory loss and brain deterioration as we grow older; hallmark maladies of growing old. Their discovery opens the door to boosting the quality of sleep in elderly people to improve memory.

Have a read of the article Poor sleep in old age prevents the brain from storing memories now in case you forget later.

I'm left wondering about the suggested possible therapeutic treatments for memory loss in the elderly, such as transcranial direct current stimulation or pharmaceutical remedies. Wouldn't going to bed earlier and getting up later help?

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