Link between sleep and cognitive impairment in the elderly

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Daytime sleepiness is very common in the elderly with prevalence rates of up to 50 percent. Caused by sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), a disruption of normal breathing during sleep, these cause recurrent awakenings and subsequent excessive daytime sleepiness. In an editorial in the current issue of Neurology, a…

Shift workers perform worse on cognitive test

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A study of middle-aged and older men and women found that compared with non-shift workers, shift workers performed less well on a test that doctors use to screen for cognitive impairment. However, people who had not been shift-working for at least 5 years completed the test just as well…

ACP recommends cognitive behavioral therapy over drugs for treating chronic insomnia

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) should be the first-line treatment for adults with chronic insomnia, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP). The new evidence-based clinical practice guideline is published in Annals of Internal Medicine. CBT-I consists of a combination of treatments that include cognitive…

Enhancing sleep after brain injury reduces brain damage and cognitive decline in rats

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Enhancing sleep after a head injury may help prevent some damage to brain cells, according to a study in rats published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers at University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland found that enhancing the slow-wave cycle of sleep after head trauma minimized damage to axons –…