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In the News, Fall 2017: REM Sleep May Be a Predictor of Dementia

REM sleep stage dementia pulse breathing intervention Matthew P. Pase Swinburne University of Technology Australia

The amount of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep people get may be linked to their risk of developing dementia, according to a recent study. Researchers followed 321 participants in the Framingham Heart Study for an average of 12 years and found that both a lower percentage of REM sleep and a greater length of time needed to get to the REM sleep stage were associated with higher dementia risk. All participants were over the age of 60. REM sleep, the fifth stage in the sleep cycle, is the stage in which dreaming occurs, the eyes move about rapidly, and body temperature, pulse, and breathing rate...

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