Back, side or stomach? If you're in good health and sleep well, you probably settle into your most comfortable sleep position and think little more about it. Your brain, however, has its own preferred sleep position. To ignore what it’s telling you could put you at an increased risk of Alzheimer's. Here’s what you need [...]
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If there’s one thing we’re all losing sleep over in our golden years, it’s memory loss. Because chances are, your life is being directly impacted. Maybe it’s a family member… your spouse… your neighbor… or even yourself. Even worse? Memory loss doesn’t just show up overnight. Instead, it can creep up on you or a [...]
At first glance it seems far too simple. How can the time you go to bed and get up in the morning have such a dramatic impact on your risk of a debilitating mental health condition like depression? And yet that’s just what an important new study suggests. Depression, officially diagnosed as Major Depressive Disorder, [...]
Your brain’s thirst for energy is just about insatiable. Because its neuronal networks constantly reshape themselves and transmit signals, these cells need constant refueling. But all that activity also floods the brain tissue with a never-ending flow of oxidative free radicals and protein debris. To keep functioning correctly, your brain needs to routinely clear out [...]
All of us have experienced foggy thinking from a bad night’s sleep. But for some, chronic poor sleep can be a brain health disaster. What’s more, neuroscientists recently confirmed that millions of poor sleepers suffer from a common and often undiagnosed condition that dramatically increases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. I’m talking about sleep apnea. [...]
More than a quarter of Americans have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and over two-thirds struggle with sleep at least once a week. For these people, listening to white noise can help. However, a different device has arrived on the scene that may be even more effective than white noise devices. Not only does [...]
The sounds of snorting, snoring and other gurgling noises mean that a person is having trouble breathing, and that they’re not getting good sleep as a result. I think most of us know this because sleep apnea has received a ton of publicity over the last fifteen or twenty years. Less familiar may be the [...]
The advice from sleep experts couldn't be clearer. If you have trouble sleeping, seek help. Ignoring the problem increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer's disease. But seek out natural sleep aids. A visit to the doctor's office too often means a prescription for sleeping pills. Even if the [...]
What keeps you awake at night? Nothing, I hope. But if you’re like most people, then caffeine, stress, worry, or simply reluctance to turn off the smartphone or the TV may be cutting into the time you need to sleep -- assuming you want to avoid dementia at some point in your future. It may [...]
Its leaves provide a popular flavor for foods and drinks. Its oil flavors toothpaste, chewing gum and candy. The herb is also widely used in healing. For maladies ranging from bad breath, indigestion and gas to sore throat, the common cold and arthritis, this can bring relief. Now we know spearmint provides another health benefit. For the [...]