Daytime Naps Are Slowly Corroding Our Brains

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The faceless, nameless "they" of modern science have found a link between "excessive sleep" (and also too little sleep, so watch out for that) and dementia in the elderly, who usually conk out for a while sometime in the afternoon because their bodies need a rest.

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According to French researchers, however, daytime sleepiness may be a dangerous urge to submit to because it may be an early predictor of cognitive decline. Results from a study of 5,000 people over the age of 65 showed that those who took regular naps scored lower on mental ability tests. "These results suggest," said lead researcher Dr. Claudine Berr, "that excessive daytime sleepiness may be an early predictor of cognitive decline."

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A concurrent research team in Vancouver, meanwhile, found evidence that succumbing to more than nine hours of sleep a night was also linked to the dulling of the mind's cutting edge. Scientists think that, more than signaling the onset of cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer's, getting too much sleep may hasten the onset of dementia. Really, though, getting too little sleep is bad too, so people ought really to be winding their bodies up like Swiss clocks every night so they get the correct seven hours of sleep, no more and no less because, otherwise, terrible, horrible, no good, very bad things will happen.

Daytime naps linked to dementia, warn neurologists [Telegraph]

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Doug Barry:

I think you really should be saying that getting too much sleep during a 24 hour period might be the result of cognitive problems, that cognition is the problem and too much sleep in only one of the symptoms. Getting too much sleep is not a problem in and of itself. There are times when we all need more than 7 or 8 hours of sleep during a 24 hour period. Usually, this does not continue for many days - that would be a symptom of depression (especially in a younger person) or some other cognitive problem.

The title of your article is totally misleading - it's outright false. Naps are not corroding our brains!! Naps may just be an indicator that a person's brain is not functioning normally. Sleep does NOT corrode the brain. Our body rests to repair and replenish itself. It rests more when there is a need to do so.

Let's report the facts and not twist the truth. We need better writers of news. How you write makes a huge difference to readers who don't read between lines to find the truth. We have a large number of those kind of readers - the ones who don't run the logic through their brains first to see if there is truth to the story. Bad writing and bad media sources for news are why we are in the political mess we are in these days. Almost nobody tells the truth with accuracy anymore - most everyone wants attention. So news is sensationalized these days. STOP IT! JUST STOP IT! You can do much better than this. Use YOUR brain to be honest and truthful.