The Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference was held one month ago and new research was presented at the conference that explored the connection between sleep and dementia.
The research showed that sleep deprivation could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. However, the medications you take to help you sleep could also be dangerous and linked to Alzheimer’s. Taking medications to help you sleep have been found to be linked to an increase in cognitive decline in new studies.
The research consisted of people ages 70 to 79 with no signs of dementia. The study took 15 years and the participants who took medications to help with their sleep increased their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 43 percent.
In addition, those with dementia who get poor sleep or take medications to help them sleep could actually worsen their symptoms such as their thinking and memory skills.
The goal is to find ways to handle poor sleep without the use of medications. This can be achieved by eating healthy, exercises regularly and practicing meditation.
Of course, early diagnosis of onset dementia can help improve your quality of life. We have discussed what you can do to mitigate dementia, but friendly reminders never hurt. New and novel learning is the key to keeping your memory sharp. There are many things you can do on your own, but if you are looking for motivation, SMART Brain Aging offers in-person and online cognitive therapy. Remember, think of your brain like a muscle, you need to use or lose it!