1 Major symptom that may predict Dementia

In the News: Daytime sleeping may not be normal

Alzheimer’s Association

Day time sleep and dementia
Too Much Day Time Sleeping Can Be Dangerous.

Who’s this for:

  • for anybody worried about dementia.
  • for anybody worried about Alzheimer’s.
  • for anybody interested in better brain health.

What are some points I should focus on?

Even though daytime napping is perceived as somewhat common among older adults, this new study indicates that:

Longer and more frequent daytime naps were associated with higher risk of Alzheimer’s dementia. Interestingly, more excessive (longer or more frequent) daytime napping was correlated with worse cognition a year later, and conversely, worse cognition was correlated with more excessive naps a year later.

Peng Li, et al.

In plain English: if you’re an older adult, too much sleeping during the day can be an indicator of a higher risk for Alzheimer’s dementia.

Doctor’s Opinion

What should I do next?

First: understand that napping during the day is NOT ALWAYS a bad thing. The issue you’re going to keep in mind is: how much and for how long?

Second: you’ll need to rule out sleeping disorders: sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome. These conditions can really impact your quality of sleep, and may lead to daytime naps!

Third: Take this sleep quality test to see/assess your sleep apnea risk. Share the results with your doctor.

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