Monday, October 28, 2013

Study Shows Undisturbed Sleeping Patterns Linked To Healthier Brains

It’s been a widely known fact that 7-10 hours of sleep per night is good for you. Without a good night’s sleep we can suffer from grogginess, confusion and a lack of alertness.  Studies are now showing that not only does a good night’s of sleep affect how well you function each day, but could protect your brain against Alzheimer’s and Dementia as well. 

This new study focuses primarily on plaque build-ups in Alzheimer’s patient’s brains, and how it corresponds to inadequate sleeping patterns. "It may be that changing sleep habits has significant implications for mental health and specifically the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, but that remains to be seen," said lead researcher Adam Spira, an assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

While the amount of beta amyloid plaque in the brain cannot be directly linked to sleep, there is a large correlation shown in the study. This study gives good explanation to the question of why sleep holds such essential restorative resources for us.

Some tips for getting a good night’s sleep:
  • Using a sleeping mask to block out the light that your curtains can’t cover
  • Playing a soothing sound during your sleep to cancel out the noises in the next room
  • Avoid drinking any caffeinated beverages past noon
  • Reading a book before bed as opposed to your computer (some may find it relaxing to surf the internet before bed but doing so actually stimulates your brain, making it harder to fall asleep) 

Acquiring a substantial amount of uninterrupted sleep each night can be a key factor in the health of you and your loved ones.  Making sure that disturbances don’t occur during your sleep is a great way to not only keep a healthy brain but also a key factor in having a wholesome and proactive lifestyle. 

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