Poor Sleep Linked to Feeling Older, Which Can Affect Health

In a new study from the University of Exeter, researchers found that poor sleep in people over 50s is associated with more negative perceptions of aging, which in its turn can affect physical, mental, and cognitive health.Poor Sleep Linked to Feeling Older, Which Can Affect Health

For their study, a team of researchers surveyed 4,482 people aged 50 and older participating in the PROTECT study, an innovative online study in which participants take regular cognitive tests and complete lifestyle questionnaires.

Professor Clive Ballard, of the University of Exeter, says: “This research is an important part of the growing body of evidence about the crucial role of sleep in healthy aging. We now need more people to sign up to PROTECT, to help us understand this further. We've got some exciting trials ahead on how to optimize sleep in some particularly vulnerable groups, such as people with dementia in care homes.”

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