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Men & Sleep: An Important Pairing

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They might be our partners, our friends, our brothers or fathers – whoever the men in our lives are they all have one thing in common – the critical need for restful, unbroken sleep. Here’s why …

A recent study published in the scientific journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia that followed more than 1000 men over 40 years has found that those who reported sleep disturbances had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

As reported by lead researcher, Christian Benedict, ‘We demonstrate the men with self-reported sleep disturbances run a 1.5-fold higher risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those without reports of sleep disturbances …’

The older they were when they experienced the unsettled sleep, the higher the risk.

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2 Comments

Elyse

Very interesting! Now I can’t nag my brother for sleeping in so much! One question though, did they do the same study for women?

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heysigmund

I’m not aware of a study done particularly for women but there has been a study done in mice that has found similar results. No distinction was made between males and females. They use mice because mice are genetically and biologically very similar to humans. More research is needed, but it looks like chronic sleep disturbance is a potential risk factor for alzheimer’s for both men and women … (So now, you get to sleep in too!)

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