Scientists struggle even today to find ways to tackle Alzheimer’s, the horrible form of dementia that can completely demolish a person’s intelligence. Doctors often say that having a balanced life, which implies eating healthy, doing some workout, and getting enough sleep, is our best bet against developing Alzheimer’s later in life.
If you’re like many other people, surely you like to take a good nap in the afternoon, especially if it’s your day off. But after you read about what a new study has to say, you might not want to prolong those naps too much.
Long naps could lead to Alzheimer’s disease
According to a new study on elderly people that The Guardian writes about, having long naps could make you susceptible to the most common form of dementia later in life. More than 1,000 people with an average age of 81 years old were tracked for a few years.
It was found that those participants who napped more than an hour per day were 40% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Also, participants who napped for a minimum of once a day were also found to have 40% higher chances to deal with the disease compared to those who napped less than once a day.
However, scientists don’t bet on the naps as causing the mental decline themselves. Instead, napping for too long should be perceived as a warning sign.
Dr. Yue Leng, who’s an assistant professor of psychiatry from the University of California San Francisco, explained as The Guardian quotes:
It might be a signal of accelerated ageing,
The main takeaway is if you didn’t used to take naps and you notice you’re starting to get more sleepy in the day, it might be a signal of declining cognitive health.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, almost half of Americans 85 years old or more have Alzheimer’s disease.