Remember tonight’s dreams [PHIL-OSOPHY]
Think about this: if you lose your memory, you’ve basically wasted all of your days born of personal memories, happy and sad memories, celebrations, and flashbacks.
Now think about this: Aren’t your memories really the story of your whole life?
As I get older, the thought of losing my memory every now and then sinks into what would have been another great day. I used to say, with humor, that I would probably end up with some form of dementia at the end of it because it’s like I already have pieces of it right now. However, now that I’ve read a small stack of stories about how not getting enough sleep can increase my risk of developing dementia, I need to get to work.
A new study published in the journal, Nature communications, found that people who regularly slept less than six hours between the ages of 50 and 70 were a third more likely to develop dementia.
I should volunteer to be their poster For the last half of my life, I wake up at 3:45 am, faithfully. The problem arises when I’m still up at 9 p.m., 10 a.m. or 11 p.m. I start the day in this state of I forgot something, but what? I guess I could look on the positive side of things, that realizing one of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. It can be heard on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
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