By: Dr. Michael Brandon, DC
Sleep... we all love it, and many of us don't get enough! Sleeping complications, everything from occasional sleep apnea to moderate snoring or long term insomnia, is quite prevalent in the USA with about 20% of us having at least minor sleep disturbances that limit our deep sleep, even if we aren't fully aware of this occurring.
Aside from being a little tired the next day, does it matter much? Science hasn't yet fully figured out why we need to sleep, but more and more it appears that at least part of it is for our brain's health. Our body is constantly trying to clear itself of toxins, and this process especially in the brain, is significantly more active during sleep, specifically deep sleep..
How do we know this? When we don't sleep regularly, such as one with a sleep disorder or someone who works different shifts throughout the week, we start forming something known as beta amyloid plaque of the brain, which is the main characteristic of Alzheimer disease.
Alzheimers is an increasingly common condition of mainly the elderly, which causes many cognitive dysfunctions such as memory loss and difficulty learning, personality changes, or not knowing where you are or what day, month, or year it is. Alzheimers also has the common symptom of a variety of sleep disorders, which brings us to another medical chicken or the egg scenario of which causes which. But getting full sleep can help prevent, and potentially treat early signs of Alzheimer's disease by reversing at least some of the brain plaque which is believed to cause the cognitive issues stated.
This beta amyloid plaque is also shown to be caused by a high sugar diet, and Alzheimers has even been labeled “type 3 diabetes” by some due to the connection. To put this in perspective, when we sleep poorly, not only do we increase the risk of brain plaque but science has also shown that we eat less nutritious foods and crave more sugary/calorie dense selects the next day. Eating poorly, especially a lot of sugar, causes disruptive sleep and the cycle restarts. See where this is going?
There's 4 major things that almost every health care professional agrees is generally a good and healthy idea to do. These are eat well, sleep well, drink water, and exercise. The first 2 have proven to be effective, and the other two highly suggestive to help prevent and potentially help treat not just early Alzheimer's, but many if not most other conditions, and not just neurological ones.
Our bodies are quite resilient, and at BioHacking Inc we want to increase that as much as possible, and its nice to know that one way to do this is to spend more quality time in bed looking at the inside of our eyelids. So for now BioHacker Nation, farewell, goodnight, and lets dream of a healthier tomorrow!
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