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    Default Long, Frequent Naps Predict Alzheimer's Dementia

    Judy George
    August 29 2020

    Longer, more frequent daytime naps in elderly adults predicted a higher risk of incident Alzheimer's dementia over time, an actigraphy study showed.

    Elderly people who napped more than once a day had 1.3-fold increased risk in developing future Alzheimer's dementia, reported Peng Li, PhD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues, at the virtual SLEEP 2020, a joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.


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    Default Re: Long, Frequent Naps Predict Alzheimer's Dementia

    As usual, one should ask about cause rather than effect. A person whose brain is fighting against inflammation will need more naps to rest from the struggle.

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    Default Re: Long, Frequent Naps Predict Alzheimer's Dementia

    From the article: "No participant had dementia at baseline". I don't think it was suggesting naps as a cause, but a sign of developing dementia.

    The thought of getting dementia terrifies me (not an uncommon fear), but if I nap during the day it is nearly always just lack of sleep at night.

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