According to research conducted at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, there is a link between poor sleep quality and faster rates of decline in brain volume. The study found that these results were more pronounced in people over 60 years of age. “It is not yet known whether poor sleep quality is a cause or consequence of changes in brain structure,” said Claire E. Sexton, author of the study, which was published in Neurology. Future research is needed to test whether improving people’s quality of sleep could slow the rate of brain volume loss, and if that’s the case, improving sleep habits could improve brain health.
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