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Dr. Sanford L. Severin

San Ramon, CA 94582 USA


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Lack of Sleep, TV, and Alzheimer's

February 5, 2018

We warned you about the health risks from chronic use of over the counter pain killers. Now here is a new health scare that should concern many of you.

It has been reported by reliable sources that adults who average less than seven hours of sleep at night have a higher risk of mental impairment, and cardiovascular disease. New research also suggests that sleep deprivation may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's.

Co-author Matthew Walker of the University of California at Berkeley stated that sleep deprivation is an under appreciated factor in the development of Alzheimer's.

Incidentally it also seems that young adults who spend long periods watching TV performed worse on cognitive testing as they approached middle age. It is not clear whether the real problem was watching TV or the fact that they were more sedentary than those who did not watch as much TV. Either way watching too much TV is a problem.

On a prior blog we discussed the fact that physical exercise is more effective than mind games in improving memory. Now we are looking at the other side of the coin, watching too much TV can actually impair your memory. We have emphasized the value of exercise in our book and in our courses. Now is a good time for you to embark on a new lifestyle path if you are not feeling good about the path that you are on.

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