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Less-Than-Optimal Sleep May 'Age' the Brain

(HealthDay News) For middle-aged adults, sleeping less than six or more than eight hours a night is associated with a decline in brain function, British researchers contend.
The magnitude of that mental decline is equal to being four to seven years older, the researchers said.
"There is an expectation in today's 24-hour-a-day society that people should be able to fit more into their lives," said study author Jane Ferrie…
"The whole work/life balance struggle is causing people to trade in precious sleeping time to ensure they complete everything they feel is expected of them. Our study suggests that this may have adverse effects on their cognitive function," she said.
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