Sleep fragmentation in early midlife linked with worse cognition in later years

Sleep fragmentation, rather than sleep duration or self-reported sleep quality, in early midlife was associated with worse executive function, fluency and cognition more than a decade later, according to research in Neurology.
“Over the past decade, growing evidence suggests an association between sleep and cognitive aging, supporting the role of sleep disturbances as potential modifiable risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease,” Yue Leng, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, and colleagues wrote.
Researchers sought to examine

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