Daytime Naps Now May Signal Dementia Later

sleep ladyWell, I guess my golden years are going to pretty much suck: According to a recent study, "daytime sleepiness" may be "an early predictor of cognitive decline." Meaning, if you're one of those people who gets overwhelmed every afternoon with the desperate urge to put your head down on your desk for and close your eyes (just for one second! Really!), well, basically ... ask a Magic 8 Ball about whether or not you'll develop early onset dementia and you'd probably get "Signs point to yes." Or even "You may rely on it."

Granted, the study in question analyzed the sleeping habits of senior citizens, but still, the message of doom remains: Afternoon naps = dementia. Even wanting to take afternoon naps but downing yet another coffee and forcing yourself to slog on through = dementia.

And don't forget about the evils of sleep deprivation!

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Weight gain, depression, increased risk of stroke ... I'm starting to feel like if I don't get this whole sleep down thing to a science, my future will be very grim, indeed.

The very thought keeps me up at night. Which, by about 2 p.m. the next day, makes me really want to take a nap. Oh, cruel and vicious cycle of ruin!!

You know what I'm starting to think? We should just stop doing studies about sleep. Because apparently you're damned if you do, damned if you don't. So why throw all that extra stress into the mix? How 'bout we just leave it at: Sleep is good. (Except not all day.)

If that sounds crazy, well, blame my very very early onset dementia.

What do you think of the latest news linking naps to early onset dementia?

 

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