Study links amount of sleep to memory loss in women

Sleep & memory

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Getting the right amount of sleep every night is important for maintaining your memory.

Better night's sleepThe study done by Brigham and Women’s Hospital focused specifically on women. More memory problems were found among those who got less than five hours of sleep a night or more than nine hours a night. The researchers say the memory problems were “equivalent to nearly two additional years of age”.

People who changed their sleep patterns over time, even just varying it by only two hours, developed more memory loss as well. And if you’re looking for ways to get a better night’s sleep, the people at AARP came up with a list.

That list includes:

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule, even on the weekends.
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol, especially in the hours closer to bedtime.
  • Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.
  • Get regular exercise.

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