Johns Hopkins Sleep-Memory Study

older woman sleeping

by Margaret Foster from The Beacon

Sleep and memory loss have a chicken-and-egg relationship. People with early Alzheimer’s disease tend to have trouble sleeping, and lack of sleep may contribute to memory loss.

If you have memory lapses and also have a hard time sleeping, there’s a study at Johns Hopkins that could help. Known as the REST study, it involves a common, FDA-approved sleep aid called trazodone.

“We’re looking at the different phases of sleep, total sleep time, and [trazodone’s] effects on memory,” explained Dr. Barry Greenberg, the study’s principal investigator. Greenberg is also an associate professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and the director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Translational Center.

Sponsored by the National Institute of Aging, the REST study seeks to recruit 100 participants over the next few years.

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