Is THIS secretly WRECKING your brain?!
You’ve heard it all by now.
To keep your brain healthy, you must exercise regularly… minimize stress… and avoid a high-sugar diet.
But what if I told you there’s one other thing NEEDED to protect those precious memories?
It’s something you do every night…
But chances are you’ve been doing it ALL WRONG.
This is the “sweet spot” for your brain
New research reveals a frightening connection between sleep and your brain…
Unfortunately, the 5-9 hours of sleep per night the mainstream suggests does NOT give you the FULL STORY.
You see, in a new study from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 5,247 people between the ages of 45 to 75 were given neurocognitive tests and observed over seven years.
Researchers measured their attention, memory, language, reaction time, and perception to get a snapshot of their brain function.
Every week, participants filled out a questionnaire about their sleeping habits.
And what researchers found was 15 percent of participants slept for an average of nine hours every night – which spells trouble with a capital “T.” This group saw their:
- Learning skills plummet by 22 percent;
- Word fluency drop by 20 percent; and
- Memory fall by 13 percent!
See, too much sleep has been linked to brain lesions – known as white matter hyperintensities. They raise your risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and stroke.
On the flip side, too little of sleep has ALSO been linked to Alzheimer’s.
According to experts, our nocturnal cleaning system removes toxic plaques – a proven contributor to the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia – from our brains while we sleep.
And when we’re getting too much, or too little of sleep – our cleanup process is thrown off balance.
So, in order to have a restful night of sleep, you need two things.
- First, shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Try to stay on a routine schedule with the same bedtime and wakeup time every day.
- And second, if you’re having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor. He may suggest you start a sleep diary to help evaluate your sleep patterns.
In the meantime, folks WITH or WITHOUT sleep problems can help protect their brain health with curcumin and resveratrol supplements. They will give you extra insurance your memory is protected!
To Your Health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D.