Is a nap actually an urgent warning?
Everyone loves a nap, right?
A quick daytime doze can help you recharge and get you ready for the rest of your day.
But there’s a difference between snoozing because you WANT to… and knocking out because you HAVE to.
And if your own naps are more of the latter these days, it’s time to pay attention to what your body’s telling you.
It might not be saying that it’s tired.
It could be warning you that you’re at risk for Alzheimer’s disease!
New research finds a direct link between poor sleep habits and the damage in the brain that can ultimately lead to dementia.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that this study also shows that this could be one the earliest possible warning signs — giving you plenty of time to recognize the problem, take action, protect your brain, and prevent the disease.
In the new study, researchers examined the brains of nearly 200 seniors who had no signs of dementia.
Not yet, anyway.
Roughly 50 of them were on their way there, even if they didn’t realize it. They didn’t suffer from memory loss — yet — but they had signs of damage inside the brain. They had the beta-amyloid plaques that can clog up cells and short-circuit the system.
Too many of these plaques can lead to cognitive struggles and memory loss, and — eventually — they can jam your brain’s internal communications network, and dementia takes hold.
The one common link among these 50 people with that damage? Sleep.
Rather, POOR sleep.
They had lousy sleep-wake cycles. Some of them woke up too often at night. Some dozed off during the day for those involuntary naps.
More than a few had both problems.
If you have these sleep issues yourself, don’t pour yourself another cup of coffee to keep yourself awake.
And don’t swallow a sleeping pill to keep yourself knocked out.
Poor sleep is often a warning sign of other problems, and most of them can be fixed… if your doctor knows where to look.
Frequent daytime dozing, for example, can often be caused by sleep apnea, a major risk factor for chronic disease and early death.
If your sleep loss is linked to apnea, a little weight loss can usually fix it. If you don’t know why you’re missing out on sleep, you could have a problem with diet, nutrition, or hormones — all of which can be fixed with testing and treatment from a holistic medical doctor.
I’ll have more on dementia coming up later today.
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