According to a new study, lack of sleep can promote atrophy (shrinkage) of the brain and cognitive decline. The brain is responsible for cognitive abilities and therefore, faster shrinkage of the brain is associated with decline in cognitive performance…… So what can you do about it…
This study was completed on relatively healthy adults that were aged 55 and upwards at the beginning of the study. It was completed by the Centre for cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Programme in Singapore. They asked people to complete an MRI of their brain and neurological testing every two years. In the mean time the participants had to keep a diary and they logged the amount of sleep they got. The outcomes indicated that the average sleep time was roughly 6 hours and if people went below that amount by one hour on a regular basis they had small noticeable cognitive changes. That is their brain shrank!
Now these changes were minimal in the first few years (0.67%), however over the years they accumulated and over time significant changes are thought to occur. Naturally, our sleep is reduced in duration as we get older and the study showed that we could get the most out of rectifying our sleep patterns earlier on in life to stop these changes happening.
There are a number of steps to increase your duration of sleep and hypnotherapy is a powerful tool in this area. It provides the brain with a trigger that it is time to sleep. With continued work it looks with you at reducing stress levels that are associated with poor sleep patterns. To learn more give me a call or use the contact page of this website.
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