Sleep

  1. Benzodiazepines increase Alzheimer's risk

    Are your sleeping pills giving you Alzheimer's?

    A little rest, and a little relaxation. That's the promise of benzodiazepines, a class of medication used primarily for anxiety and sleep disorders.

    Who can resist that? Not many of us, which is why more than 110 million prescriptions for these drugs are filled each year in the United States alone.

    But the promise is a false one, because even when these drugs seem to work -- even when you get that rest, or your anxieties seem to melt away -- you're paying a terrible price.

    These drugs can get inside your head and slowly damage your brain (if they don't give you a heart attack first). And if you take them for just three months or more, your risk of Alzheimer's disease jumps by 51 percent, according to the study of nearly 9,000 seniors.

    That's not the end of the risk. In fact, that's just the beginning -- because the longer you take these drugs, the more damage they can do. Take a benzodiazepine for six months or more, and your risk of Alzheimer's skyrockets by a stunning 80 percent, according to the study in BMJ.

    What's especially frightening is that you don't have to be on the drugs right now to face those increased risks, and you don't even have to take them in your senior years to suffer.

    No, the study finds that long-term use -- three months or more -- at any point in your past will increase that risk of Alzheimer's.

    Naturally, mainstream experts are lining up to dismiss the study. Some claim sleep problems and anxiety are warning signs of dementia, and the prescriptions mean these people are already in the early stages, but haven't been diagnosed yet.

    But that ignores the other studies, which show the potential for benzodiazepines to "rot" your gray matter and essentially turn your mind into mush, causing memory loss and other cognitive problems.

    Where there's smoke, there's fire -- and benzodiazepines have put out enough smoke to be seen from space.

    Despite all the well-known risks, many people take the drugs anyway. They believe they need them, and some even get hooked on them and abuse them.

    But whether you're suffering from sleep problems or anxiety issues, the truth is you don't need these drugs.

    All you need is a new approach.

    I'm going to have the full story on benzodiazepines and their link to Alzheimer's disease as well as the natural alternatives that can make sure you never have to face these risks yourself in the November edition of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations.

    Subscribers, look for it in your mailbox in just a few short weeks.

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  2. Sleep loss leads to brain loss

    Are you losing your mind? Poor sleep shrinks brains

    You know how missing out on sleep can make you feel lousy on the outside, especially when it happens night after night.

    But that's nothing compared to what it's doing to you on the inside.

    It's the kind of damage you can't see or feel right away, so it might not ruin your day -- but when it catches up with you (and eventually, it will) it could ruin your life.

    Now, new research shows just one way poor sleep quality can set you up for serious risks down the road: It can shrink your brain.

    Yes, you read that right. Missing out on sleep can actually cause your brain to shrink.

    While all of our brains shrink a little over the years, a faster shrink rate is a major risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer's disease -- and if you miss out on sleep, your shrink rate could be breaking the speed limit.

    In the study researchers scanned the brains of 147 Norwegians, and then repeated the tests about 3.5 years later. Those with the most sleep difficulties had a much faster rate of shrink.

    And the older the patient, the more dramatic the difference, according to the study in Neurology.

    Specifically, those with sleep difficulties saw a faster shrink in the frontal cortex as well as the temporal and parietal lobes. These include the regions of the brain essential to your memory as well as your ability to plan, reason and solve problems.

    The study results aren't all that surprising since sleep is essential to cleaning toxins from the brain. When you get consistently poor sleep, those toxins can build up and start to eat away at your gray matter.

    And remember, sleep quality isn't simply the amount of time you spend in bed. While short sleep is certainly one of the most common sleep problems, it's not the only one. Others include trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep and waking up frequently throughout the night.

    All of these conditions impact your sleep quality. And, according to the new study, all of them can lead to brain shrink.

    If you're having trouble falling asleep yourself, I realize reading about these risks might tempt you into reaching for a pill bottle right about now.

    Don't.

    Even when drugs increase the amount of time you spend asleep, they often don't improve your quality of sleep -- which means you could still face the brain-shrinking risks found in the new study as well as the other long-term risks linked to poor sleep.

    And of course, sleep drugs come with plenty of risks of their own, from immediate problems such as bizarre and dangerous sleepwalking activity to more serious problems up to and including an early death.

    One major study found that sleep drugs can actually increase your risk of death by 500 percent or more. And if you suffer from heart problems, your risk of death could jump by 800 percent when you start taking sleep meds. (Get the whole shocking scoop here.)

    You don't have to face big risks to get a good night's sleep. You just need a new approach. Get started by reading this FREE report from my House Calls archives, which is stuffed full of tips for getting some side-effect-free shut eye.

    Next, instead of giving in to the quick fix promised by drugs, work with a holistic medical doctor who can find the real cause of your sleep problems and then correct it naturally.

  3. New sleep drug comes with big risks

    New sleep med isn't worth the risk

    There's a new sleep drug on the market -- but if you think it's safer or better than what's out there now, all I can say is: Keep dreaming.

    This drug suvorexant (to be marketed as Belsomra) is so risky that the FDA actually rejected it last year.

    Now, the second time around, the agency approved it -- but the drug didn't get any better over the past year. They didn't go back to the drawing board and improve it.

    No, the drug hasn't changed at all. All that's changed is the dose. Continue reading

  4. Slow the shrinking of telomeres and extend your life

    Four steps to extend your life

    Ever hear of a telomere? Most people haven't -- not yet anyway. But soon, everyone will know what a telomere is, because emerging evidence shows they play a critical role in aging.

    Telomeres are the little caps that sit on the end of your DNA strands.

    Over time, they shrink. It's a normal part of aging -- but the shorter they get, the higher your risk of disease and even death. Continue reading

  5. Sleep drug Ambien sends seniors to the hospital

    Ambien can send you to the ER

    Ebola is in the news every single night despite the fact that it's no threat to the United States, at least as of now (and I pray it never becomes one).

    I'm not saying we should ignore it. But maybe we should devote some of that time to a real health crisis that sends 90,000 Americans to the ER every single year, according to the latest numbers from the CDC.

    That's more than 10 people per hour, every hour, every day of the year -- all being rushed to the hospital for the same reason.

    And it's completely preventable. Continue reading

  6. Sun exposure critical to good sleep

    See the light to sleep at night

    How well you sleep at night depends in large part on how you spend your day -- and it's not just your eating and drinking habits you need to be aware of.

    Those are both essential to good sleep, of course. But sun exposure is almost as important, and I don't mean spreading yourself out on the beach.

    You just need to make sure your body knows when the sun's out there and when it's not.

    This isn't just psychological. Your body uses sunlight and sunset to stop and start the production of melatonin, the so-called "sleep hormone." Continue reading

  7. Do You Suffer from These 5 Effects of Poor Sleep?

    The 5 Most Common Effects of Poor Sleep (and How You Can Avoid Them!)

    Health Effects of Poor SleepMaybe you don’t worry about a single sleepless night, or two. But when that night or two turns into not sleeping well on a regular basis, you should probably start thinking about the effects of poor sleep – because it can be more damaging than you realize.

    While the “magic number” of hours of sleep per night for optimal health is still under debate, sleep experts agree that it’s probably somewhere between 7 and 9 hours, depending on an individual’s needs. So what happens if you’re just not sleeping well enough to get that regularly? The effects of poor sleep start to kick in – Continue reading

  8. Why Can’t I Sleep? The 4 Common Causes and How to Solve Them

    When you can’t sleep one night, you may ask yourself “why can’t I sleep?” But, honestly, a night or two here and there won’t really damage your health. Once you start asking yourself “why can’t I sleep” night after night, then it becomes a problem. And once lack of becomes a problem, it’s easy to feel like you’ll never fall asleep again, let alone actually find a solution that works. But there is hope…

    These are the top 4 reasons why you can’t fall asleep, and how to solve them… Continue reading

  9. Reclaim Your Nights with These 3 Natural Sleep Remedies

    Sleep Dissolves Natural Sleep SupplementAt 2:00 in the morning, you want to be asleep.

    When you’re not, it can be frustrating to say the least, leading you to want nothing more than a natural sleep remedy that will finally help you drift off.

    And when a night of sleeplessness turns into several nights of tossing and turning, frustrating doesn't even begin to describe it.

    But you really want all the benefits that come with finding natural solutions.

    Which is why we have assembled these 3 natural sleep remedies just for you… Continue reading

  10. Sleep Dissolves Ingredients – Your Key to a Restful Night’s Sleep

    Sleep Dissolves sleep supplementMissing a night of sleep is more than just annoying –it can become a real problem. Luckily, it’s not a problem you have to face alone any longer, thanks to Dr. Mark Stengler’s cutting edge natural sleep remedy, Sleep Dissolves.

    Combining 4 of nature’s ultimate “sleep enhancers” the Sleep Dissolves ingredient formula is specially designed to help give you the best night’s sleep you’ve ever experienced. So, what makes Sleep Dissolves’ ingredients so effective? We’ll tell you... Continue reading

  11. Sleep Dissolves Reviews – Real People, Real Results, Real Rest

    Sleep Dissolves supplement customer reviews If you are tired of tossing and turning… If you dread falling asleep because you know you’re just going to wake up again in a few hours… If you can’t quiet your racing thoughts enough to get some rest… then it’s time to talk about Sleep Dissolves, BestHealth Nutritionals breakthrough, natural sleep remedy from Dr. Mark Stengler.

    As these Sleep Dissolves reviews will show, Dr. Stengler very well may have found the equation to helping people get to sleep, stay asleep, and wake refreshed and ready to get through your day.

    If that sounds like nothing more than a dream, read on, and hear what these satisfied – and well rested – people have to say about Sleep DissolvesContinue reading

  12. 5 Natural Sleep Remedies to Help You Catch Some Z’s

    Sleep Dissolves natural sleep supplementTossing and turning at 2 in the morning – it’s one of the worst places to be, especially if you’re there night after night. Still, you don’t want to take a traditional sleep aid and deal with the groggy, foggy feeling that comes with it. That’s why these 5 natural sleep remedies, including Dr. Mark Stengler’s Sleep Dissolves, may be exactly what you’re looking for to finally get a good night’s rest. Continue reading

  13. [Video] Fall Asleep Fast: The 20 Minute Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep

    Remember when you were a kid and could fall asleep fast … the minute your head hit the pillow... and sleep like a rock all through the night?

    Remember when you could wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your day... instead of feeling like you're walking in a fog and can't wait to take a nap? Continue reading

  14. Poor sleep can decrease insulin sensitivity

    Lack of sleep can increase insulin sensitivity by a third in fat cells, putting you at risk for diabetes and other serious health problems.

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