Excessive Sleep May Increase The Risk Of Dementia: Research

Excessive sleep can make you a victim of a serious illness, due to which there may be a problem of dementia at an early age.

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Apr 06, 2020Updated at: Apr 06, 2020
Excessive Sleep May Increase The Risk Of Dementia: Research

Do you also have a habit of sleeping for hours? If yes, then you should be careful and reduce your sleep time slightly. Recently, after research, scientists have found that people who sleep for a long time are at a very high risk of a serious brain disease, which is called dementia. It is a condition in which there is a risk of having many minor brain diseases. Usually, dementia causes a person's memory to become weak and his / her ability to work is also affected.

Risk of dementia

Dementia is a neurological problem with no cure. The only way to prevent this incurable disease is to take necessary precautions at the right time and stay away from habits that increase the risk of lifestyle-related disease. Generally, people over the age of 50 years are the victims of this disease. But the research of scientists has shown that if you sleep for a long time, you can get this disease even at a young age.

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Sleeping for more than 9 hours, less than 6 hours is dangerous


This research was done on 5247 people, whose age was between 45 years to 75 years. Research reports suggest that those people are more at risk of brain-related illness, dementia, than those who sleep more than 9 hours a day. Apart from this, the risk of this disease increases among those who sleep less than 6 hours. The ideal bedtime for youngsters is 7-8 hours. The youth of any age must sleep at least 7 hours daily and should not sleep more than 9 hours.

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Sleeping: Danger

Much research has yet to be done about why the risk of dementia increases due to excessive sleep. But scientists believe that sleeping too much creates an imbalance in the secretion of many hormones, which causes mental diseases. According to the National Sleep Foundation, USA, people who do not sleep or sleep less than the body needs are at greater risk of cognitive problems. According to experts, if you have sleep disturbance (for a long time), then you should meet the doctor and ask the reason as this problem can be very dangerous for your brain in the long run.

Early symptoms of dementia

  • Forget things very quickly, especially recent events
  • Stay confused all the time
  • Not being able to concentrate on any work, that is, the problem of concentration.
  • Feeling depressed
  • Repeating mistakes and forgetting important things while doing everyday tasks
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