Sleep deprivation and psychological stress are linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and other brain disorders. Your brain needs regular rest and restful sleep to process and store information. Several studies have shown that healthy sleep habits and managing daily stress levels have long-term benefits on overall brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
One of the benefits of physical exercise is that it can help to reduce stress and improve the quality of sleep. Proper nutrition, including reducing your sugar, alcohol and caffeine intake, can also help.
If you experience difficulty sleeping for more than a week, it's important to talk with your doctor. Cleveland Clinic offers additional sleep and stress reduction tips. You can also visit our center's library to learn more about sleep and stress management, and things you can do to maintain brain health.