Sleep in Middle Age Could Make For Better Memory

Here’s the deal… quality sleep is sometimes elusive. Not just quality but also quantity! And to make it a little worse for those who lack both, recent findings found sleep helps memory and learning throughout a lifetime and may have lasting benefits as individuals hit their seventh, eighth, and ninth decades of life.Getting enough sleep is essential

The research found people who have a hard time getting to sleep in youth and middle-age are more likely to experience problems with memory loss in old age. Take to heart the value and importance of a good night’s rest. Maintaining good sleep quality, especially in young adulthood and middle age, has shown to promote better cognitive functioning and serves to protect against age-related cognitive declines.

In the article — “Sleep, Cognition, and Normal Aging: Integrating a Half Century of Multidisciplinary Research” the researchers note the benefits of a sound night’s sleep for young adults are varied and unique. One example is that a particular kind of “deep sleep” called “slow-(brain)-wave-sleep” helps memory by taking pieces of a day’s experiences, replaying them and strengthening them for better recollection.

When women reach the menopause years, sleep can become disruptive. Taking an afternoon nap may help with memory and protect against its decline — as long as you don’t skimp on nighttime sleep.

As with many things, it’s better to get a head start instead of waiting until the last minute or until it’s too late. Getting adequate sleep works the same way. As an adult, at least seven hours of sleep is needed for your body to rest and go through the deep and dream sleep process.

Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night’s sleep —pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges. Although you might not be able to control all of the factors that interfere with your sleep, you can adopt habits that encourage better sleep. Start with these simple sleep tips: Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off.

Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed and limit your fluid intake before bed to prevent disruptive middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet.

Create a bedtime ritual. Easing the transition between wakefulness and drowsiness can be done by doing the same things each night before bedtime—take a warm bath, read or listen to soothing music.

Get comfortable. Make sure your room promotes a good sleep environment. Use shades and a fan to create an environment that meets your needs.

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