The one thing to do as you get older for better memory and more happiness

Based on the results, it appears that adults who have an “early riser/robust pattern,” AKA waking up before 7 a.m. and staying active during the day, performed better on their cognitive assessments and had better health. mental health than participants whose daily schedules were less “robust”.

Participants who went to bed and woke up later, and had less activity during the day, had the highest rates of cognitive impairment and were also the most likely to have significant depressive symptoms.

The researchers note that these findings are correlative and not necessarily a sign of causation. As the study’s lead author, Stephen Smagula, notes, the relationship between sleep, activity levels and mental health could go either way. (As in, poor mental health and/or poor cognition can influence your sleep and activity, and vice versa.)

But whichever way you look at it, it’s clear that staying active is associated with better physical and mental health outcomes, so that’s just one more reason to get moving. And as the study authors explain, “activity” doesn’t necessarily mean physical activity: it could be having coffee with a friend, doing a mentally stimulating puzzle, or going to a place of worship. .

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