As you get older, it can be difficult to sleep all the way through the night without waking up. Your blood sugar dips… your bladder fills up… or maybe your room gets too hot or too cold.
You know how important sleep is to your overall health, although you may not notice its effects until you don’t get enough of it after a rough night of tossing and turning.
If you don’t get some solid shut-eye today, you could lose your most precious memories tomorrow.
In fact, according to a new study, the key to staying sharp as a whip is doing nothing at all… except getting a good night’s sleep.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University say that sleepless nights can leave you vulnerable to Alzheimer’s or dementia – a long-term consequence that’s a lot more serious than just that crick in your neck or dark circles under your puffy eyes.
The brain is like a computer. The hours you spend in “sleep mode” – especially deep sleep – actually help your brain flush out the dangerous and potentially life-threatening toxins. Those are the same toxins that are linked to Alzheimer’s, dementia, and even stroke.
If you don’t spend enough time in slumber every night, those toxins can build up in the corners of your mind so much that eventually, they can’t be swept out.
Look, you’ve spent a lifetime storing special memories, so make sure you don’t lose them. Here are some simple tips to help you sleep restfully through the night – and boost your memory and ward off Alzheimer’s:
- Shut down screens: Turn off your TV, computers, and smartphones an hour before hitting the hay. Put your devices in a different room so you’re not tempted to use them… just one more time.
- Bath time before bedtime: Take a warm bath before bed. Epsom salt can help relax you and ease those aching muscles.
- Set your alarm… for bed: Try to go to bed at the same time each night. Sticking to the same routine trains the body to begin the shutdown at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.
And once you get to sleep, it’s important to reach that deep sleep stage – and stay there as long as possible. It’s normal to wake up once or twice, but if you’re experiencing more frequent interruptions or aren’t able to fall back to sleep quickly, talk to your doctor to figure out if something more serious is going on with your sleep patterns.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
“Lack of sleep may set the stage for Alzheimer’s,” National Public Radio, Jan. 4, 2016