If you suffer from chronic insomnia, you need to read this article:
Researchers Discover “Sleep Shampoo” Brain Cleansing System which May Improve the Quality of Sleep and Lower the Risk of Age Related Mental Decline
“Under-sleeping is the next sugar – it’s a health time bomb. Our lives are more hectic than ever, more people live in cities where they’re less attuned to light-dark cycles, we binge-watch TV shows, tablets emit sleep-disrupting blue light all evening, and it’s become normal for our bosses to email us at 9pm.” – Dr Sam Gottfreid
The world is getting tired.
Millions of us now spend hours staring at our ceiling instead of getting the shuteye our body craves.
And it’s making us SICK. Chronic insomnia may even be aging our brains by FIVE YEARS.
Thankfully, researchers have discovered that our brain has a system for cleansing itself of toxins, mental plaque and other waste products when we sleep. However, for it to work properly, it is vital to be getting adequate sleep each night. This can be done by increasing your body’s level of the “sleep hormone”. I’ll explain what this is and how to naturally increase it latest in this article.
First, I want to make it clear why getting more sleep could be vital to your mental and physical health.
Because if you think that feeling physically drained, falling asleep at your desk and flying off the handle at the smallest thing are the worst symptoms of insomnia, I have news for you.
A chronic lack of sleep could be why so many of us are falling victim to a long list of health problems and diseases.
Memory loss – Sleep deprivation is believed to cause structural changes in the brain and may cause memory impairment as we get older, according to a study at the University of California, Berkeley.(1)
Depression – Insomniacs are twice as likely to be depressed. They are also more anxious as a lack of sleep increases the stress hormone cortisol. About three quarters of depressed patients have insomnia symptoms, and ‘hypersomnia’ is present in about 40% of young depressed adults.(2)
Bowel problems – A lack of sleep increases your risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome and can even make the symptoms worse.(3)
Lower sex drive – Testosterone levels drop the longer you are awake, resulting in lost libido and less passion in the bedroom.(4)
Type 2 diabetes – A lack of sleep can affect your insulin levels – which in turn can contribute to more severe medical problems and Type 2 diabetes.(5)
Heart attacks – Staying awake for long periods can raise your blood pressure and increases levels of the deadly ‘C-reactive protein’. This is known as the ‘silent killer’ that can cause heart disease.
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that:
“Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure. It’s also believed that sleep affects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease.” – Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City (6)
Alzheimer’s – Poor sleep could increase Alzheimer’s risk. This was the conclusion of a study published in the journal Brain. It was assessed that the reasons was because insomnia may increase levels of the ‘beta-amyloid’ protein that is strongly linked with Alzheimer’s disease.(7)
Now, if these symptoms didn’t sound bad enough, it gets worse…
Research has discovered that insomnia may be aging our brains too. And taking sleeping pills every night is not the best solution.
Doctors discover “brain shampoo” that cleanses our brains when we sleep
It has been discovered that our brains have what is called the ‘glymphatic system’.(8)
This is a mesh of tiny tubes that release a fluid that acts like a ‘shampoo’ for the mind, first discovered in mice by the Nedergaard lab at the University of Rochester’s medical school.
During the night, it cleanses our brain of the toxins, waste products and the plaque that accumulate during the day.
According to Dr Sara Gottfried – “During sleep, the space between brain cells expands 60 per cent more than when you’re awake. This allows the brain to flush out built-up toxins with cerebral spinal fluid, the clear liquid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.”(9)
The discovery of the glymphatic system may explain why going one night without sleep can make us mentally drained, irritable and forgetful.
Multiply that damage over a few weeks, months or years, and you can see why chronic insomnia may be lethal for our mental health.
In fact, some studies suggest that the build up of brain plaque may be to blame for premature mental aging and even the onset of dementia. This includes a study by the Harvard School of Public Health which found that sleeping less than five hours a night can age the brain up to five years.(10)
Sleeping Pills Get Habit Forming Fast
Many people reach for their sleeping pills to get through stressful times when sleep doesn’t come easily. But medicating our brains into falling sleep could be only adding to our problems.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently released a set of guidelines for doctors on prescribing medications and supplements for chronic insomnia.(11) It is hoped these guidelines may dissuade doctors from prescribing habit forming pharmaceutical sleeping pills too quickly when a natural supplement could have been just as effective.
While sleeping pills can be effective for short bouts of insomnia, they can become habit forming FAST.
In fact, many people get so used to popping a pill each night that they think it is the only way to get to sleep.
Some people may start taking them for other reasons too: combating anxiety or because they enjoy the high.(12)
But even if you are only taking a few a week, taking sleeping pills over the long-term can be bad for your physical and mental health.
According to WebMD, taking pharmaceutical sleeping pills can also a wide range of side effects:
- Burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty keeping balance
- Daytime drowsiness
- Dry mouth or throat
- Impairment the next day
- Mental slowing or problems with attention or memory
- Stomach pain or tenderness
- Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
- Unusual dreams
Some doctors are concerned that they may interfere with the ‘glymphatic system’. While more study is needed, it is feared that sleeping pills may stop the ‘sleep shampoo’ system working properly.(14)
If the brain’s natural brain cleanser can’t do its job, then it may lead to the accumulation of waste products, plaque and other toxins.
Over time, this may result in all sorts of cognitive problems further down the road.
Why are More People Suffering from Insomnia?
Higher levels of stress, anxiety and the relentless bleep from our smartphones are all stopping us from reaching the relaxed state of mind we need for sleep. This was the assessment of Dr Gottfried, a sleep expert.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, she revealed how our modern lifestyles are placing severe stress on our ‘circadian rhythm’ (the circadian rhythm regulates our body clock, our brainwaves, our hormones and even our ability to turn food into energy).
As Dr Gottfried explains, “Under-sleeping is the next sugar – it’s a health time bomb. Our lives are more hectic than ever, more people live in cities where they’re less attuned to light-dark cycles, we binge-watch TV shows, tablets emit sleep-disrupting blue light all evening, and it’s become normal for our bosses to email us at 9pm.”(15)
So if our lifestyles are ruining our sleep patterns and potentially making us sicker as a nation, what can we do about it?
7 Natural Sleep Hacks
Here are some classic ‘bedtime blues’ busting sleep strategies:
- Have a bedtime routine that starts one hour before you need to sleep. This could include a relaxing bath, reading a book (rather than Facebook posts) and writing a list of the things you need to do tomorrow.
- Avoid using blue screen technology, such as your smartphone or tablet, one hour before you need to sleep.
- Get up earlier in the mornings so you have one hour to yourself before work or the kids wake up.
- Keep your smartphone away from your bed. Otherwise you’ll get woken by message alert pings and be tempted to check your emails or social media updates
- Address any troubling thoughts that are making you feel anxious and keeping you awake. Write down what the problem is and a plan for how you’ll solve it tomorrow
- Avoid stimulants, like alcohol, tobacco or caffeine late at night. A couple of beers or a glass of red wine may make you feel drowsy. But your sleep will be poor quality sleep and you won’t feel as rested the next day.
- Try natural insomnia remedies, like eating a banana, a warm glass of milk or chamomile tea
Smartphones May Deplete Our Natural ‘Sleep Hormone’
If you’ve already tried all of these sleep hacks, but still battle with insomnia, night after night, you may need to boost your body’s natural sleep hormone called “melatonin”.(16)
Melatonin is known as the “sleep hormone”. It is normally released by our body’s naturally when we need to sleep so that we feel drowsy and relaxed enough to drift off to sleep.
But unfortunately recent studies have suggested that our melatonin levels are being depleted by staring at smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs. It’s believed that blue screen devices actually STOP our bodies from producing enough melatonin so we can sleep at night.(17)
This could explain why rates of insomnia have rocketed in tandem with the usage of smartphones.
How to Boost Your Melatonin Levels for Natural Sleep
One way to boost your melatonin levels is to try and get more natural sunlight during the day to boost your vitamin D levels (a precursor for producing melatonin). You could also try switching off the TV, putting your smartphone in a drawer and reading a book an hour before bedtime.
Another option is to boost your body’s levels of melatonin naturally with a melatonin supplement.
Even better is to take a multi-supplement that contains a variety of natural sleep aids:
Melatonin – The body’s natural hormone for regulating your sleep patterns. A study, reported on by the US National Library of Medicine, found that Melatonin may be effective at helping people fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper, more restful sleep:
PR-melatonin is the first drug shown to significantly improve quality of sleep and morning alertness in primary insomnia patients aged 55 years and older-suggesting more restorative sleep, and without withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation. (US National Library of Medicine).(18)
Magnesium (as Oxide) – Many people suffer from a magnesium deficiency because of eating too much processed food. A lack of magnesium has been linked to insomnia and poor sleep quality.(19)
Valerian Root – This herb comes from the root of a tall, flowering plant and has been used to treat sleep problems for thousands of years. Studies suggest that valerian root may help the brain to release chemicals that calm the body and mind so sleep becomes easier.(20)
L-Tryptophan – An amino acid naturally found in turkey meat, L-Tryptophan may help regulate the production of melatonin and serotonin, to help improve your mood and to sleep better at night.(21)
All-in-one Melatonin and Mood Enhancing Supplement
My friend, Dr. Sam Robbins has devised a new type of supplement harnessing the best herbs and vitamins that, in combination with exercise and a healthy diet, may help naturally reduce your anxiety, lift your mood and make it easier to sleep at night.
In fact, when his new formula was tested with real people for nearly two years it gained an overwhelming 92.7% approval rating.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Here are some of its possible benefits:
- It may help to reduce your panic attacks and feelings of hopelessness
- Potentially drug-free relief from emotional stress
- Safe to use daily and for as long as you like
- All natural ingredients with ZERO risk of addiction
- Doctor formulated and clinically tested
- Taken to aid sleep for 14 years
- 312,700+ positive reviews and rising
It needs to be noted that supplements like ProVanax are not miracle cures. They should never be taken as a replacement for a nutritious diet or getting regular exercise to lower your stress. Improving your mental and physical health is ultimately the best long-term cure to most health problems.
However, if you’ve already tried the 7 sleep tips in this article, then adding a multi-supplement that may help reduce your anxiety, calm your mind and boost your melatonin levels is worth a try.
Provanax Reviews (scores 4.5 / 5 stars in over 243 reviews)
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A Natural Solution to Help Avoid the Health Risks of a Sleep Deficiency
As I hope I’ve explained clearly in this article, chronic insomnia and failing to get at least 6 hours sleep a night doesn’t just make you tired and grouchy the next day. If the studies are correct, then it may pose more serious risks. This includes increased risk of depression, memory loss, lower sex drive and even heart disease.
Chronic insomnia may even be aging your brain and putting you at increased risk of cognitive decline as you get older.
But popping sleeping pills each night is not the best solution. They can cause all sorts of short-term side effects and if you succumb to a reliance then the long-term consequences to your brain may be even severe.
So it’s vital to take steps to improve the amount and quality of sleep you get each night. Try implementing the 7 steps listed in this article. Switch the TV off, put your smartphone in a drawer and have a long, hot bath to relax your body while reading a book to relax your mind.
If that doesn”t work, then maybe trying a natural sleep supplement may be the answer.
Dr Sam”s Provanax multi-supplement combines a variety of natural ingredients with a long history in alternative medicine for relieving anxiety, calming the mind and helping to induce sleep naturally.
With over 243 positive reviews and a 14 year track record, it certainly appears to have helped a lot of people to i relax and calm their minds. If you decide to give it a try, let me know if it works for you.
You can find out more about Provanax in a short video Dr Sam has created.
Disclaimer – Provanax is not a magic pill and does need treat or cure any disease. To claim all the health benefits, it needs to be taken in combination with a healthy diet and daily exercise. Erudite Lifestyle has a monetary relationship with Dr Sam Robbins and will be compensated for purchases made via the links in this article. Statements made in this article have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. You should never make changes to your medication without speaking to your doctor as some ingredients in supplements may interfere with your medication. The information in this article is supplied as a suggestion only and is not a replacement for professional medical advice.