Thursday, 19 May 2011

Sleep and brain function

Of course we all worry about the possibility of deteriorating brain function as we get older, well there is something positive you can do about it ( apart from daily crossword puzzles and sudoku) and that is get 7 hours sleep a night.

Latest research shows that those who get less than seven hours or, and this is the surprise finding, sleep for a long time, are more likely to show impaired cognitive function.

Researchers have found that the brain needs a steady 7 hours quality sleep in order to re-generate itself.

Find out more on BBC Radio 4 womans Hour 19 May 10am podcast.

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