Inventum: Taking longer to fall asleep was associated with lower measures of verbal learning, verbal memory, and other functions over a 7-year study period.

“Sleep is a performance-enhancing activity, and we need to give it the same priority as diet and exercise for a long and healthy life,” said Alberto Ramos, M.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of neurology and research director of the Sleep Disorders Program at the Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Ramos was the senior author of a new study, “Actigraphic Sleep Patterns and Cognitive Decline in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos,” published December 22 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.