Lucky Number Seven
Sleep affects us at all stages of life, however, getting the right amount of sleep as we age, can help avoid cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. If you are over 40, you may be wondering what is the appropriate amount of sleep you should be getting.
Barbara Sahakian from the University of Cambridge’s department of psychiatry in England has found that magic number. Seven.
Barbara conducted a sleep study on individuals aged 38-73. The study concluded that individuals who slept 7 hours had better results on memory and cognitive processing tests than those who got less than, or more than 7 hours. There is also a connection to depression and anxiety in those who got too little or too much sleep.
Another article linked at the bottom gives great healthy sleep tips from The Sleep Foundation. If you are over 40, and/or a caregiver for a person who has diabetes, using these tips can help you get a more restful sleep so you can operate at your best, filling your own cup, which in turn aids in providing the best care for loved ones.
If you have diabetes, make time for DSME and discover these benefits for yourself.
We here at Integrated Diabetes Services can meet your individual needs. Our diabetes educators focus on a variety of specialties. Some of these include education for newly diagnosed, type 1 and pregnancy, optimizing use of devices, weight loss for insulin users, as well as insulin management for athletes.
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