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Are chronic sleep disturbances bad for my cognitive health?

Chronic sleep disturbances can significantly impact cognitive health. Prolonged sleep deprivation or disrupted sleep patterns can impair various cognitive functions, including memory, attention, decision-making, and problem-solving.


A study published in the journal "Sleep Medicine Reviews" in 2019 emphasizes the intricate relationship between sleep and cognitive performance, particularly the role of slow-wave sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep in memory consolidation and cognitive restoration.


Sleep disturbances can lead to cognitive deficits similar to those seen in aging and neurodegenerative conditions. These deficits can affect daily functioning, work productivity, and overall quality of life. Furthermore, sleep disorders like sleep apnea have been linked to an increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia.


It's essential to prioritize healthy sleep habits and seek treatment for sleep disorders when necessary to safeguard cognitive health. Adequate, restorative sleep is vital for optimal cognitive functioning and overall well-being.


Reference:

1. Mander, B. A., Winer, J. R., & Walker, M. P. (2017). Sleep and human aging. Neuron, 94(1), 19-36.

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