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Sleep dementiaGETTY ImagesDementia symptoms: Sleeping on your back could increase risk of condition

Dementia affects about 850,000 people in the UK. That number could rise to one million by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The position that people sleep could be contributing to the rising numbers of dementia patients, after research revealed that sleeping on your back or stomach increased your risk of a condition.

Sleeping on your side - the most popular way to sleep - was linked to a lower risk of dementia than lying on your back or front, the researchers from Stony Brook University claimed.

Lying on your side helps the brain to clear out waste and harmful chemicals, they added.

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“Many types of dementia are linked to sleep disturbances, including difficulties in falling asleep,” said researcher Dr Maiken Nedergaard.

“It is increasingly acknowledged that these sleep disturbances may accelerate memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.

“Our finding brings new insight into this topic by showing it is also important what position you sleep in.”

Sleeping in a lateral position - on your side - improves the brain’s glymphatic pathway, the researchers said. The glymphatic pathway is a

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