Hour long naps might boost mental ability in older adults

A new study brings some good news for older adults who enjoy an afternoon nap, after finding an hour long siesta may improve memory and thinking skills.

Research suggests that an afternoon nap of about 1 hour may boost the cognitive functions in older adults.

Junxin Li, Ph.D., of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and team report their findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

As we age, our cognitive functioning declines; we may have problems remembering names, forget where we left items or trouble learning new information. In some older individuals, the decline in cognitive functioning can be severe, potentially leading to Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.

Studies  show that being active, both mentally and physically, can help keep your mind sharp in old age – but now consider having a good afternoon nap?


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