Sleep the Toxins Away to Save Your Brain
If there’s one thing most of us could use more of, it’s sleep. Many adults are lucky to get a full six hours of sleep each night.
And that could be doing you more harm than anyone ever realized…
A lack of sleep drastically erodes your overall health, even if you don’t “see” it happening. Not getting enough quality sleep leads to heart disease, obesity, rapid aging…and can destroy your brain.
One of the most notorious brain toxins linked to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is amyloid-beta. This protein is responsible for forming the plaque associated with AD. It is removed from the brain far more effectively while we sleep.1
According to recent research, the space between brain cells increases by 60% during sleep. This allows for cerebrospinal fluid to flush the brain of harmful toxins that build up during the day.2 So missing out on sleep may be doing a whole lot more than making you groggy in the morning. And this is one problem a cup of coffee can’t fix.
Even though we seem to turn off for hours at a time during sleep, the brain remains hard at work. Depriving yourself of sleep is like not emptying the trash can in your kitchen when it becomes full. That’s the sort of mess your brain cleans up through sleep.
Everyone is different. But we generally need seven to nine hours of sleep to feel and perform at our best. Giving yourself the right amount of quality sleep each night will give your brain the time it needs to effectively remove toxins and other debris.
There are natural ways to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. But there are habits you can form to help you drift off more quickly as well.
One of the best ways to fall asleep easier is to shut off the TV and computer an hour before bedtime. This will ease the stimulation to your brain and help you relax. But if you’re still having trouble, try reading an actual book (not on your iPad or laptop). Make it an information-dense fiction that doesn’t have you anxiously turning the page. You’ll be asleep in no time.
Allowing your brain ample time to detox during quality sleep time is essential to preventing Alzheimer’s.
In fact, getting a full night’s sleep is the easiest and most effective way to keep your brain working to the best of its abilities. It can even save your life.
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In Good Health,
Publisher, INH Health Watch