Sleep Duration & Dementia: An Early Marker of Cognitive Decline?

Sleep is, of course, incredibly important for our bodies. It allows our brain to consolidate thoughts into memories, and clean itself of toxins. Beyond that, numerous studies have pinpointed the adverse health impacts of not getting enough sleep.

What we now understand is that there truly is a sweet spot, in terms of getting the right amount of sleep for brain health. In fact, too much sleep can have just as significant harmful impacts on health as getting too little. Let’s look at this recent study, published in the journal Neurology.

  • Marion Spicher

    I took care of my mother for 3 years in my home. I noticed that when she seemed to have a gradual increase in forgetfulness, (short term memory loss) it would build over several days until she had a long, long sleep, and the next few days she was much better. I wondered at the time if the long sleep was necessary for the brain to clean up the mess? How on earth could you study something like that?

    I appreciate you more than you will ever know, Dr. Perlmutter. I so wish I could find a physician near Bellingham WA who believed the proof you have demonstrated regarding brain health, and soo much more.

    I am now caring for my husband who had a thalamic stroke, left sided ataxia, now walking after rehab, unassisted. I have been told by our doctor that medical care is tied to medicare and if the MD does not prescribe Statins, their overall reimbursement rate from Medicare is reduced, and he can’t afford that … said that if I chose to stop giving him statins on my own, he would have to reject him as a patient. His doctor refuses to allow even a 2 week holiday from the statins. I feel powerless.

    Four physicians have been a part of my family and their progeny and I respect doctors immensely, but would so much rather have our doctor be a partner in care. But his hands are tied also. It is no secret that medicare reimbursement rates are woeful. One just needs to look at the amount billed, compared to the amount allowed by medicare. It boggles the mind.

    Blog administrator, feel free to erase this response if it clogs up the blog! Smile.

    Marion Spicher
    mspicher@hotmail.com

    • David Perlmutter

      Have you tried this tool, from the IFM: https://www.ifm.org/find-a-practitioner/

      • Marion Spicher

        I looked up local Practitioners in my area for functional medicine. I believe it is the best way to go , but financially I can’t manage it right now. The first one I contacted wanted $300 for the first visit and said it would take one hour. It is my guess also that they would not accept Medicare, and if hey did, I would still have the statin mandate problem. My previous research suggested the first visit would take more time. It is difficult to chose without any references. Thanks for your response. I have your book, CD’s and have gone over the material many times. Thank you for all you are doing.

    • Marijo Martini

      Dr. Paul de Jong, ND is in Bellingham and would be an excellent, local physician that would work with both you and your husband. His office is at 414 Girard St. He works really hard for his patients to give them the best care.

      • David Perlmutter

        Thanks for stepping in with the recommendation Marijo.

      • Marion Spicher

        I looked up local Practitioners in my area for functional medicine. I believe it is the best way to go , but financially I can’t manage it right now. The first one I contacted wanted $300 for the first visit and said it would take one hour. It is my guess also that they would not accept Medicare. My previous research suggested the first visit would take more time. It is difficult to chose without any references. Thanks for your response. I have your book, CD’s and have gone over the material many times.

      • Marion Spicher

        Can you tell me what ND stands for? And do you know if he accepts Medicare Insurance, or if Medicare accepts him? My problem is that I am paying over $450 a month for AARP medigap insurance, and they won’t pay the deductibles, etc. unless Medicare approves. I can’t afford to be cared for on a continuous basis by someone who is not a medicare participant, and if they are, we still have the conundrum that Medicare would insist on giving my husband Statins. Thank you for you suggestion and response. I appreciate it.

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