Sleep and exercise among six ‘pillars’ to improving your brain health: expert – CTV

Dec. 7, 2022

The Women’s Brain Health Initiative says there are six ways people can reduce the chance of developing cognitive decline and brain disorders.

Lynn Posluns, CEO of the Toronto-based research organization, said these six “pillars” are easy to incorporate into daily life.

“The research is also showing that there are six lifestyle choices that cumulatively give you the best chance of prolonging your cognitive vitality as you age,” Posluns told CTV’s Your Morning on Wednesday.

The first pillar is good sleep — ideally seven to eight hours a night, she said. Research has shown that a chronic lack of sleep can be linked to dementia later in life.

“A good night’s sleep allows the consolidation of memories and also gets rid of the toxins in the brain that if they build up cause difficulty in terms of the neurons connecting.”

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