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Not sleeping enough can shrink your brain, study says


Not Sleeping Enough Can Shrink Your Brain: Study

Turns out, a good night's sleep can prevent more than just tired eyes: Duke researchers in Singapore studied 66 Chinese adults through sleep surveys and MRI scans and found those who got less sleep
showed a decline in cognitive function -- and smaller brains than when they first started the study.

Our brains already shrink as we age, but clocking in fewer hours on the pillow could cause that process to speed up. The scientists say this could be the reason behind the rise in dementia among older people.
Last year, there was an estimated 44 million people with dementia worldwide. According to Alzheimer's Disease International, that number is expected to increase to more than 75 million by 2030, and 135 million in 2050.

So if you need an excuse to grab a few extra hours under the covers, that seems like a pretty good one. As for how much you should be aiming for on the reg, scientists say adults need 7-8 hours every night.

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jewel July 03 2014 at 6:20 AM

obama and the white house has no brain to shrink.and thats there good ponits......ok

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Dick July 02 2014 at 1:21 PM

Now we know what happened to the people in congress...their brains shrunk...that is if they have a brain at all!!!

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coopdabomb Dick July 03 2014 at 5:39 AM

Keep in mind, the fish starts stinking from the head. Time to remove the head from the oval office and congress can get back to work.

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vpqueen July 03 2014 at 10:59 AM

So THAT explains liberalism's failures!

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croshatch vpqueen July 03 2014 at 10:58 PM

Fail!

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LA is Best July 03 2014 at 12:02 PM

This could really be bad news for oBOMBa voters, their brains are SMALLER to start with!!

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Gary H Mayer LA is Best July 03 2014 at 12:58 PM

LA is Best: Man, do I have fond memories of the L.A. beach towns, like Hermosa, Manhattan, Huntington, etc...Then, I got married and was faithful.

However, this is a serious topic, so please be 'non-judgmental' in the reference to politics; although, I must say, there is news of 'voters remorse.' Many dems wish they had voted for Romney. This was presented on Fox News.

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bmoriyama Gary H Mayer July 23 2014 at 12:19 PM

Fox News, home of the fact-free and proud of it!

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roscoeraven LA is Best July 06 2014 at 1:58 PM

Pound salt.

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Postalpal July 03 2014 at 10:35 AM

Sounds like the very same affliction that Obama has had since being in office. Shrunken brain. Small brain.

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rlightb240 July 03 2014 at 8:28 AM

Obozo insomniac (sp?)

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charpist5 July 03 2014 at 6:14 PM

Want to shrink your brain? Use pot. There is a reason it is called DOPE.

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EricS July 03 2014 at 5:08 PM

Your brain also shrinks when you use it less. And in this day and age of hight tech, social media, instant gratification, more and more people are automated to think what they have been conditioned to believe/think. So they are actually thinking less and less for themselves. Doesn't take much energy to be peons. But it does exert more energy for people to think, and problem solve. Which is why less and less people do it.

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dostramigo July 03 2014 at 7:05 AM

They forgot to mention reading these articles is also a major cause.

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Gary H Mayer dostramigo July 03 2014 at 12:59 PM

Actually, readings articles and blogs on the internet, as well as responding, stimulates my shrunken brain.

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joyce and josh July 03 2014 at 7:11 PM

This is a correlational study which does not demonstrate cause and effect,

It may also be that people who are dementing (and whose brains are shrinking) may be less able to sleep

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