Getting years of poor sleep can actually age your brain and slow its functioning. As always, more and more studies are revealing just how important it is to maintain a regular sleep pattern throughout your entire life. According to a recent study, poor quality sleep increases the risk of having impaired mental facilities by up to 50 percent, which is equivalent to a five-year increase in age.
It is easy to let work and family get in the way of your regular sleep. Those that are trying to get stuff done may end up losing sleep in the favor of getting more tasks done. Recently, three studies have revealed it is critical for adults to seek help if they believe they have a sleep illness. In addition, these studies found that adults should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night for the healthiest lifestyle.
Naps on the weekends don’t make up for pulling all-nighters or having extended periods of wakefulness. For years now, it has been accepted wisdom that people with “sleep-debt” during the week can make up the sleep debt on the weekends. Although this was not an ideal situation, sleep experts have accepted the “sleep-debt” viewpoint for their patients.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Scientists have researched why people sleep and how it affects the brain. For the first time, scientists have found that during sleep, the brain may cleanse itself of toxic molecules. A study conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) found the space between brain cells may increase during sleep.