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Lack of Sleep Could Increase Your Risk of Developing Dementia

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More than one-third of U.S. adults aren’t getting enough sleep at night, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and it’s a serious problem. Not only are there physical health problems associated with lack of sleep, but a new study reveals that there may be mental health issues, as well.

A team of researchers that followed a group of 61-year-olds for 12 years revealed that those who spend less time in REM sleep may have a higher risk for eventually developing dementia. Of the 321 adults the team followed, 32 got dementia, with 24 of the cases being Alzheimer’s.

The researchers noticed that the participants who took longer to enter the REM phase of sleep were more likely to develop dementia. The REM phase, which is when dreaming happens, usually occurs 90 minutes after someone has fallen asleep. Participants who took longer than 90 minutes also tended to spend only 17 percent of their sleep time dreaming, compared to 20 percent of the group that did not eventually get dementia.

The team believes the study shows a correlation between the REM phase of sleep and eventual dementia. None of the other four stages of sleep had any correlation to dementia.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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