Sleep

  1. The UNEXPECTED key to a BETTER night of sleep

    Some people think I’m downright NUTS for this…

    But I happen to believe that NOTHING feels better than a late-evening walk in the hills under the full moon when the temperatures are right around freezing.

    And if there’s a fresh layer of snow on the ground, so much the better!

    Yes, friend, we’re heading into MY time of the year.

    It’s not just being outside on a chilly evening that I love. It’s what happens next – because I sleep like a baby after those cool nighttime walks.

    Try it sometime. You’ll thank me later!

    But if you’re not exactly the cold-weather type… if you’d rather get your sleep without the chills… then I’ve got another option backed by new research.

    It’s NOT about where you walk, or how COLD it is.

    It’s what you eat!

    These foods will help you sleep better

    What we eat has a direct effect on how we sleep.

    Chocolate, for example, contains a little caffeine – in some cases just enough to keep you awake if you eat it before bed. It’s also got theobromine, a stimulant that can increase heart rate and interfere with sleep.

    And starches may not stop you from falling asleep, but can lead to restless sleep and even nightmares… so definitely pass on the bread before bed (honestly, that’s a good rule for the rest of the day, too).

    But some foods can have the OPPOSITE effect.

    They can help you turn out the mental lights… shut down gently… and get the rest you need.

    And that’s where the latest research comes into focus.

    It finds that a very special class of fiber can do for you what those chilly evening walks do for me.

    They can help you sleep!

    They’re called prebiotics, or fiber that’s not just good for digestion but also can help “feed” the healthy probiotic bacteria in your gut.

    Those good bugs play dozens of roles in digestion, nutrition and more. But the one that matters right now is this: They help regulate stress and stress hormones.

    When those hormones spike, you can struggle to sleep.

    But when you have an army of microbial soldiers working to keep things in order and balance out hormones, you can get your rest without a care in the world.

    In a new study on rats, critters given probiotics before sleep had both a BETTER stress response and BETTER sleep as a result.

    Don’t dismiss this because it’s rats; other studies have found a link between increased dietary fiber and better sleep – so this is just one more piece of evidence.

    Just about all fiber from fruit and vegetable sources are healthy, but the ones that also work best as probiotics include asparagus, garlic, chicory, onions, bananas, peas and beans.

    Search Google for a more complete list.

  2. The NIGHTTIME secret to a longer, healthier life

    There are a LOT of factors that go into how long you’ll live.

    Some are outta your control, like genetics.

    Some are in your control, but require a ton of time and attention, like diet… nutrition… and exposure to toxins.

    But new research reveals what could be one of the BIGGEST longevity factors of all.

    It’s not only totally within your control… it’s also super-easy to manage, requiring little to no effort at all.

    You might say you can do it your sleep – because that’s exactly what it is: sleep.

    There’s just one little catch.

    It’s not total sleep. It’s not the number of times you wake up. And it’s not a matter of Ben Franklin’s “early to bed, early to rise.”

    It’s about one very specific TYPE of sleep. And I’m going to show you exactly how to get it… starting TONIGHT!

    How the RIGHT sleep can lead to a LONGER life

    You’ve heard of REM sleep, named for the “rapid eye movements” that mark this nightly phase of shuteye.

    It’s best known as when you dream.

    It’s also essential to brain development, which is why babies and kids get a LOT of this form of sleep. They’re in the REM phase for half the night… but as we get older, that number drops until it hits about 20-25 percent in our later years.

    And if that’s where your own REM levels are, you’re in good shape: The new study finds that you have a higher chance of living longer.

    But as those REM levels drop, the death risks climb.

    Every 5 percent you lose increases your risk of a shorter life by up to 17 percent, according to the study in JAMA Neurology.

    Without a couple of nights in the sleep lab, it’s almost impossible to know how much REM sleep you’re getting.

    In general, less total sleep means less REM… and more sleep overall means more REM.

    But there are two other very common factors that can sap you of your REM sleep even if you get a full night of shuteye:

    Sleep apnea: It takes about 90 minutes to hit the REM phase. Because apnea disrupts sleep, it can stop you from reaching REM, or rouse you when you’re in it. If you’re overweight and tend to snore a lot… or if you don’t feel refreshed when you wake up… you could have this condition. A little weight loss is often the simplest and most effective solution.

    Medication: Common drugs including some benzodiazepines and antidepressants can all mess with the signals in the brain and disrupt sleep, especially REM sleep.

    Just about ALL of these meds have natural alternatives; work with a doctor skilled in integrative or functional medicine to help wean you off the drugs and onto better, safer solutions.

    One more note: If you’re a short sleeper… getting 5-6 hours a night… you could use a little more shuteye. You’re not just getting too little REM sleep, but too little sleep overall, another risk factor for chronic disease and an early death.

    Melatonin can help you get your rest and has been shown to increase REM sleep, too. Look for a dissolvable form, which melts in your mouth so that it takes effect quicker.

  3. The MISSING MINERAL that can stop aging!

    Aging in reverse? Might sound like a wild fantasy – literally impossible when it comes down to it. Well, friend, the impossible just became possible today... at least on a cellular level. The latest research reveals a way to slow one of the most important signs of aging deep inside your body – and to be clear, this isn’t just...
  4. Sleep habits linked to heart and stroke risk

    5 sleep habits that could SAVE your life It just might be the easiest way to improve your health dramatically... And you don’t have to change a thing you do all day! This one’s all about what happens at night. Specifically, how much you sleep and how well you sleep. Do it right, and you could wipe out chronic disease...
  5. Insomnia linked to heart failure and stroke

    How sleepless nights could trigger frightening damage Just another night of missed sleep… another bleary-eyed morning… and another pot of coffee to get you through it. Well, friend, that caffeine might help you power through your morning. But it can’t fix something else. Your sleepless nights can do something far worse than make you feel run down, worn out and...
  6. [SCARY!] Feds sound new alarm over popular sleep drugs

    Sleep drugs aren’t safe, and the feds are finally starting to admit it, adding a frightening new warning to some of today’s most popular insomnia medications.
  7. STOP DEMENTIA… from the most comfortable spot in your home!

    Dementia damage can be trigged by sleep problems, especially a lack of “slow-wave sleep,” aka deep sleep. Here’s how to get more of that all-important form of rest.
  8. Sleep problems could pack some unexpected risks

    The HIDDEN death risk in your bedroom (And two ways to REVERSE it) There’s a SECRET death risk hiding in your bedroom. I’m not talking about insomnia... Quite the opposite – this HIDDEN RISK will only make you feel refreshed come the next morning. Until it’s too late! Here’s what you need to know (and two easy ways to reverse...
  9. Sleep apnea linked to deadly heart risk

    Ladies: You may be DYING in your sleep! (Learn to identify and STOP this condition) A condition is literally KILLING women while they sleep, one deep and desperate breath at a time... And ladies, odds are…you DON’T even know you have it! There are three steps that’ll help you: IDENTIFY this deadly condition; STOP it completely; and REVERSE the damage…...
  10. Tryptophan can improve sleep and mood if you get it the RIGHT way

    The BIGGEST myth about your Thanksgiving turkey! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! I hope you enjoy a delicious feast surrounded by those you care about most, and savor the company as much as the meal. Some families laugh. Some argue. Some watch the game... But before the day is out, one person is almost guaranteed to yawn with great satisfaction and...
  11. Sleep for more than 8 hours can damage your brain

    Are you sleeping TOO well? (Warning: It could be dangerous) Maybe you think you’re one of the lucky ones. Sure, everyone else seems to be struggling to get to sleep. But not you! You might find it pretty comforting that you get a solid 8 hours a night. And if you get more, that’s even better, right? Wrong! When it...
  12. ERASE hidden sleep problems with this powerful herb

    ERASE hidden sleep problems with this powerful herb Right now, millions of Americans are suffering from a “hidden” sleep problem. It’s a disorder that disguises itself so well that many folks never even think they have a sleep problem at all. They don’t toss and turn. They don’t wake up in the middle of the night and struggle to fall...
  13. Sleep too much? You could face BIG risks!

    Wake up, sleepyhead… and heed this latest warning Too much sleep? Doesn’t seem possible! When most folks think of a “sleep disorder,” the first thing that comes to mind is staring at the ceiling for hours every night, struggling to get some rest. But bleary-eyed mornings and coffee, coffee, coffee aren’t the only signs of a sleep problem. Sleeping too...
  14. Bladder problems lead to sleep struggles

    The sneaky problem keeping you up at night It's one of those things that could have the BIGGEST impact on your day-to-day quality of life. It can often mean the difference between feeling great and ready to tackle anything that comes your way... and feeling slow and weak, even if there's nothing "wrong" with you. The cause? A hidden sleep...
  15. Sleep struggles aren’t getting much better

    The one big factor that unites nearly all Americans By day, it can feel like America is more divided than ever before. By night, there's something that unites us all. None of us can sleep! A new report shows just how much -- or rather, how little -- progress we've made in the bedroom in recent years. Today, the average...
  16. Sleep gadgets often fall short

    2 things that really can help you sleep better I can't help but laugh at all of the crazy things people will try in the name of sleep. There are cooling blankets, space pillows, blackout shades, smartphone apps to control your lights, noise machines to fill your room with ocean sounds, and more. There are plugs to close your ears...
  17. Sleep can help improve diet

    One simple tweak for effortless dieting It's hard to believe, but February is exactly one week away. That's make-or-break time for your resolutions -- because 80 percent of all of those New Year's vows fail by Valentine's Day. How are you doing on yours? If you're like most folks, you promised yourself a new diet... and if you're like most...
  18. Improve insomnia dramatically with special glasses

    The honey-colored secret to better sleep What's your resolution... and have you given up on it yet? One reason people fail is they set grand goals on January 1 and expect to achieve them by January 2. So, OF COURSE, plenty of people have already given up! If you're among them, don't feel too bad. I've got a new resolution...
  19. Chamomile boosts sleep quality

    Better sleep, one sip at a time Right now, millions of Americans are suffering from a "hidden" sleep problem. It's a disorder that disguises itself so well that many folks never even think they have a sleep problem at all. They don't toss and turn. They don't wake up in the middle of the night and struggle to fall back...
  20. Sleep drugs increase fall risk

    Sleep aids mess you up even when you're awake Blood shot eyes... slow, shuffling walk... slurred speech. No, these aren't Halloween zombies out creeping around today on the hunt for brains (or at least some candy). They're what you'll see out there every day, as millions of Americans struggle with sleep problems. Losing sleep just once can make you miserable...

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