Researchers found records of over 160 men who underwent sleep studies in 1999 and were all dead by 2010. One of the causes that researchers suspect is the lack of sleep. Can sleep really affect the brain function that much?
The answer, according to research, is yes. Why? The brain is always working. Brad Reifler says even when we sleep the brain processes, just at a much slower level.
It is shown in these studies that the worst of the sleep deprived men were four times as likely as a rested male to suffer from “microinfarcts” or small areas in the brain deprived of oxygen and are left without brain function leading to Dementia. Also, if someone is a light sleeper and does not achieve the deep REM sleep that our bodies need, they are more likely to suffer from the effects of Dementia.
The answer is to carve out time for a full, deep night’s sleep. Your brain will thank you by functioning higher, your body feeling better, and better odds at not suffering from the effects of Dementia in later years.