Study: Napping Could Be a Sign of Dementia in Older Adults

Those who take frequent, long naps scored lower on mental ability tests, researchers have found

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Losing sleep over the fact that you never get to sneak in a little post-lunch shut-eye? Don’t be. According to a new study, lots of napping could be a sign of a health risk.

French researchers looked at folks 65 and older and found that “the fifth who regularly took long naps scored lower in mental ability tests,” the Telegraph in the U.K. reports.

“These results suggest that excessive daytime sleepiness may be an early predictor of cognitive decline,” Dr. Claudine Berr said at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, according to the newspaper.

A separate study presented at the conference found that those who routinely sleep more than nine hours a night, or less than five, show “chemical brain changes indicative of early Alzheimer’s,” the Telegraph adds.

Bring on the beauty sleep. And the afternoon latte, please.

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