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Daytime sleepiness can be an early symptom of dementia

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to: Judith Brown

According to a study, an afternoon nap of more than an hour can increase the risk of developing dementia by 40 percent. © Westend61 / IMAGO

Sleep changes can be indicative of changes in the brain. According to a study, long afternoon naps can be an early symptom of dementia.

A long, long lunch break is a part of everyday life for many seniors. However, very long daytime naps not only increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. At the same time, daytime sleepiness or prolonged sleep during the day can be an early symptom, which may indicate dementia.

This is evidenced by the results of the study, as revealed by

Who in the trade magazine Alzheimer’s disease and dementia The published study followed 1,400 participants with an average age of 81 over 14 years at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco. At the start of the study, 76 percent of participants had no cognitive disorders, 20 percent had mild disorders, and 4 percent had Alzheimer’s disease. Twenty-four percent of participants who did not initially have intellectual disabilities developed Alzheimer’s disease six years later. The researchers found a difference in sleep patterns compared to participants who did not have Alzheimer’s disease.

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