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Old 07-21-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Taking frequent daytime naps and sleeping too long at night could be early warning signs of dementia, or even contribute to the brain condition, say neurologists.

They have found a link between excessive sleep and problems with thinking in the elderly.
Many older people take forty winks, and it is usually only because they need a physical rest from exertion.

Daytime naps linked to dementia, warn neurologists - Telegraph
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: West Coast USA
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Gimme my naps! I don't sleep well at night, but I always feel guilty about my naps. I shouldn't. I only get them on weekends.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Eugenius
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Sigh...
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I have horrible sleep habits, Usually don't get to sleep til 3 or 4 am. Then up by 8-9 am. Everyday I take at least 2 one hour naps. I rarely exercise and am in pretty good health says my doctor. I've been retired for 12 years and recently scored one of the highest scores one can get on a cognitive test and have an IQ of 142. So I don't put much faith into some of these reports.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:01 PM
 
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First off...I don't know any napping old timers that look like the woman in the article....hmmmmm.....coulda, should, woulda....key words at the end say "if further evidence bares this out"......I don't believe any of it...big pile of malarkey far as I'm concerned
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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Taking frequent daytime naps and sleeping too long at night could be early warning signs of dementia, or even contribute to the brain condition, say neurologists.

They have found a link between excessive sleep and problems with thinking in the elderly.
Many older people take forty winks, and it is usually only because they need a physical rest from exertion.

Daytime naps linked to dementia, warn neurologists - Telegraph
Daytime naps could also be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which can contribute to dementia (presumably due to lack of brain oxygenation):

Association Between Habitual Naps and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea disguised as dementia - AADSM

Dementia | Doctor Steven Y. Park, MD | New York, NY | Integrative Solutions for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, and Snoring
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: In a state of denial
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I used to have sleep apnea, but no longer have it (according to the doctors) however I still need naps. I don't sleep well at night. What is a person supposed to do?
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: West Coast USA
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I used to have sleep apnea, but no longer have it (according to the doctors) however I still need naps. I don't sleep well at night. What is a person supposed to do?
Not feel guilty about doing what you know is the right thing for you....
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