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The True TOLL of Sleep Loss On the Brain

Call it the single best action you can take for your brain – and it’s probably NONE of the things you’re thinking of right now!

It’s not a special diet. It’s not a specific nutrient. It’s not going out for jog.

And it’s certainly NOT a drug.

No, my friend, the best ACTION is actually INACTION, because the one thing your brain needs more than anything else is a solid night of sleep, tonight and every night.

There’s a biological reason for it, too – one that shows why your body is such an incredible precision machine.

More on that in just a sec.

First, there’s a new study out that EVERYONE past the age of 60 absolutely has to see – because it reveals exactly what happens when you get your sleep… and what happens when you don’t.

The SHORTCOMINGS of short sleep

You know how crummy you feel after a single night of short sleep.

But when it happens night after night?

Well, then you almost get used to it. You start to adjust to what you THINK is the “new normal,” and after a while… many people ACCEPT it.

But it’s not normal.

And it’s something you should NEVER accept!

As your sleep levels drop, your brain starts to rot – and in the new study, seniors who got 5 hours a night or less faced two things you REALLY want to avoid: dementia and death!

Getting just five hours a night will DOUBLE those odds compared snoozing for 7-8 hours!

There are two key reasons for this.

Your brain uses your downtime at night to store and consolidate memories, tucking away the ones you want to save in the “long term” regions and ensuring the stuff you need to know each day remains up front.

Your brain has a built-in cleaning process… and it really is ingenious. When you go to sleep, the cells in your brain tighten up, just a little. Then, your brain releases a wave of fluids into that extra space between the cells, which sweeps through and clears out the cobwebs.

In this case, the cobwebs are damaged proteins, including beta amyloid and tau.

Too many damaged proteins can clog up your neural networks and short circuit the signals – leading directly to decline and dementia.

But sleep can sweep them out.

The problem, of course, is that sleep struggles become especially common as we grow older.

If you’re tossing and turning, the answer could be something simple… like you need a new pillow, or better air circulation in your bedroom.

Or you may be low in the “sleep hormone,” melatonin – a common problem as we age – which can be fixed with supplements.

Other common reasons for poor sleep include:

  • Apnea
  • Drug side effects
  • Undiagnosed illness
  • Stress, anxiety and/or depression

If you can’t figure out why you’re not sleeping, speak to a doctor who practices integrative or functional medicine for complete testing and treatment.

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-26630647#:~:text=Sleep%20loss%20may%20be%20more%20serious%20than%20previously,catch%20up%20on%20missed%20sleep%2C%20say%20US%20scientists.

New Studies Show What Sleep Loss Does To The Brain And Cognition (forbes.com)

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