Clear your brain of toxins and help prevent Alzheimer's - with sleep!A recent study out of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke found that if you don't get enough sleep, you may be at higher risk for Alzheimer's.
According to the ground-breaking research report, published in the journal Science, the researchers injected dye into the cerebrospinal fluid of mice and monitored how it moved through their brains – while they were wide awake and when they were sleeping.
They discovered there's a whole lot more to sleep than rest and dreaming...
Sleep actually helps your body flush out dangerous and potentially life-threatening toxins from your brain...
The same toxins linked to Alzheimer's disease.
But how exactly does sleep help prevent Alzheimer's?
The researchers found that the space between the brain cells of the mice increased by a staggering 60% during sleep. This helps the body clear out metals, plaques and other toxic poisons that accumulate in the brain during the day.
Sleep also helps prevent diabetes, which has also been linked to Alzheimer's.
Now, you and I both know, it's not so easy to get a full night's rest when you get older. So, here are some tips to help you get all that healthy Zzzzzz you need…
Helpful tips to get a good night's sleep, every night!
1. Ensure you're sleeping in a quiet, dark room. The darker your room, the more likely it is you'll fall asleep faster.
2. Take the TV, iPad and any other electronic equipment out of your bedroom. Train your mind to associate your bedroom with sleep only.
3. Regulate your sleep pattern. The body responds best to routine. So go to bed at the same time every night and awake at the same time every morning.
4. If you can't sleep, get out of bed instead of tossing and turning. When you're lying awake in the middle of the night, you're almost telling your body it's ok to be awake while you're in bed. Instead, get up and watch TV instead, you're more likely to soon feel tired again and return to your bed to sleep.
5. Avoid alcohol before bed. You don't go into any short wave sleep if you've been drinking alcohol, so your sleep may seem deeper at first, but the pattern is all muddled up. This tends to leave you feeling tired during the day.
Make sure you get seven to eight of hours of sleep every night to help your brain detox and prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer's.