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This May Double Your Risk of Dementia, Study Shows

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Dementia, a general term that describes the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities, impacts an estimated 5 million Americans at any given time. However, the cognitive disease is not a normal part of aging, says the CDC. There are a number of risk factors that influence whether or not someone will develop one of the many forms of the disease. Many of them are genetic. However, some are environmental or behavioral. Now, a study published in Aging has found a link between one unhealthy habit and dementia, finding that it can double an individual’s chance of developing it. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss this urgent news: Sure Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.

If You Sleep Less, You’re More Likely to Get Dementia

Investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that those who get five or less hours of sleep per night are twice as likely to develop dementia than those who slept seven to eight hours per night. Even more, they discovered a link between sleep disturbance and sleep deficiency with overall risk of death. 

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