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What role does sleep play in brain health?

Sleep plays a tremendous role in brain health. Untreated sleep disorders can increase the risk of developing psychiatric conditions such as depression later in life, and a lot of reports find that as many as 2/3 of patients referred to sleep disorder centers have a psychiatric disorder. They’re co-morbid -- having one makes the other more difficult to treat, and makes the patient more likely to suffer from one or the other.

Lack of sleep impacts depression; it impacts anxiety; it impacts the onset of dementia. And consistent sleep plays an overall role in brain health, particularly brain health as we age.

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