Sleeping more than 6.5 hours per night can lead to cognitive decline: Study
- Research has established sleep quality plays an important role in mental functioning
- Those who experienced sleep disorders or low sleep quality have been shown to have an increased risk of developing symptoms of dementia
- Reading a good book 15 minutes a day has been shown to improve brain function
Lack of sleep can lead to cognitive decline over time and a recent study suggests you can also get too much sleep.
The amount of sleep needed, including deep sleep, has recently been found by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine to be only 4.5 - 6.5 hours a night.
As well as the duration, research has established sleep quality plays an important role in mental functioning.
Those who experienced sleep disorders or low sleep quality have been shown to have an increased risk of developing symptoms of dementia and cognitive decline.
To improve your quality of sleep so you can try a good night's rest:
Winding down before bed: By following a nightly routine to wind down before bedtime, without your phone, and possibly even a skin care program with herbal tea, you can naturally allow your body to experience a state of rest and relaxation before you even close your eyes.
Listening to your bod: Often we give ourselves rigid bedtimes forcing ourselves to either stay up later or go to bed before we are ready. By being flexible and listening to your body when it’s ready to sleep, you’re more likely to get a quality night’s rest where you wake up ready to take on the day.
Reading as you doze off: Reading a good book 15 minutes a day has been shown to improve brain function and when added to your nightly routine before bed you can isolate yourself from your daily stresses and move on peacefully.
Creating a relaxing bedroom: Now more than ever more people are working from home or taking their work home with them. By ensuring that you don’t work in your bed you’re also conditioning your brain to promote relaxation while you’re trying to rest and fall asleep. Make your bedroom your oasis and your sleep quality is bound to improve!