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Sleep Disorders

21 November 2011

Sleep doesn't help an old mind

A good night's sleep doesn't seem to improve older adults' memory, according to a new study.

SUNDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A good night's sleep doesn't seem to improve older adults' memory, according to a new study.

The participants had to successfully navigate through all 10 rooms four times in order to prove that they'd learned the task. They then spent 12 hours either awake or asleep before being asked to navigate the rooms again.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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