THIS Bedroom Threat is Giving You Alzheimer’s!
Sure, forgetfulness can just be another part of getting older.
But there’s also the frightening reality that your “memory lapses” are a sign of something WAY more serious…
Right now, a staggering 5.8 MILLION Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s.
And if you’ve noticed an uptick in the number of times you find yourself forgetting things… you might worry that you’re about to join that jaw-dropping number.
What’s more, recent studies have found that there’s a threat lurking in your bedroom that’s putting you on the fast track to getting this mind-robbing disease.
I’m talking about your bed.
And according to new research, if your spending nine or more hours a night sleeping in it you could experience SERIOUS memory and language issues.
Meaning you’ll have trouble remembering things and finding the right words…
Both of which are red flags that Alzheimer’s may be on your horizon.
For the study, researchers from the University of Miami looked at the sleep habits and cognitive skills of 5,247 participants over seven years.
At the end, the group that caught NINE hours of zzz’s a night had a DROP in all areas of cognitive performance.
In fact, their learning skills fell by 22%, language skills plummeted 20% and memory also dropped by at least 13%.
So what is it about too much shut-eye that fogs up your brain?
Turns out, catching too many zzz’s are linked to lesions on the brain called white matter hyperintensities.
These show up on MRI scans as white spots. It’s these white spots that send your risk of cognitive decline, dementia and stroke SAILING upward.
Now, you might be thinking you’re in the clear since most of us struggle with not getting ENOUGH sleep. How could you possibly sleep extra when you’re fighting to get just five…or six hours at best?
But unfortunately too little sleep is just as dangerous as getting too much.
Researchers found that those that didn’t get enough sleep also had these same white spots on their brain.
They observed that those with insomnia (inability to sleep) symptoms and prolonged sleep both had shortcomings when it came to memory, response time (reacting to a stimulus) and processing information.
Too much, or too little is just as dangerous in terms of sleep, especially when it comes to preventing Alzheimer’s.
Aim to stay somewhere in the seven to eight-hour range, to get a healthy night’s rest.
If you struggle with getting enough sleep, there are a few natural ways to help you reach this range:
- Melatonin supplements: Melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates your brain’s sleep cycle. Taking .5 to 3 mg of melatonin can improve your sleep but when you take it is important. For the best results take it an hour to an hour and a half before bedtime.
- Aromatherapy: Lavender oil is one of the most soothing essential oils. Try putting a lavender sachet under your pillow. You can also try adding lavender oil to a bath before bed.
- Chamomile tea: Chamomile is an herb used to reduce muscle tension, soothe digestion and reduce anxiety. Sipping on a cup of hot chamomile tea after dinner get your body ready for sleep.