Dr Phyllis Zee, professor in neurology and chief of the division of sleep medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, discusses the impact sleep has on memory on WRVO.

“That amount of deep sleep starts to go down naturally even in healthy older adults,” says Zee. “And of course those with memory impairment — such as you know cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease — that amount of deep sleep tends to even decrease even further.” says Zee.