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The Right Amount of Sleep for a Healthy Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

We have all experienced the impact of a short night’s sleep on our brain the day after. Similarly, a disrupted sleep pattern is one of the factors that affect cognitive functions as we age. But is it sleep duration or quality that matters? And how many hours of sleep does one need to function optimally after 50? Continue reading

Is Sleep Loss an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Disrupted sleep could be an early indicator of  Alzheimer’s disease, even before any memory loss or other symptoms appear. Although sleep problems are common for people diagnosed with the disease, a new study is among the first to link early dementia and sleep problems in humans. Continue reading

A Good Night Sleep Boosts Memory

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

What is the function of sleep? Researchers have shown that memories are replayed and even enhanced as we sleep. In other words, sleeps aids memory consolidation. But how does that work?
One explanation is based on the oscillations in electrical activity that occur naturally during different sleep phases throughout the night. Continue reading