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. 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...
  4. [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.
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. [Alert] Popular meds boost stroke risk 59%

    Popular meds boost stroke risk 59% It’s the SECRET stroke risk factor — hiding in plain sight! We all know the risk factors for a stroke. At least, we THINK we know them. There’s high blood pressure, poor diet, obesity, and old age. But the new study exposes what may be the biggest risk factor of all, potentially more...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Light therapy defeats cancer-related sleep problems

    Make cancer treatment side effects VANISH with this DIY therapy It's often one of the worst parts of a fight with cancer... and it's not the tumor itself. Many tumors have no symptoms at all. You might not even know that they're there without screening. It's not the disease. It's not even the anxiety of knowing you have it. No...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. Sleep drugs taken by a third of seniors

    Don't ignore this common problem Modern living is so convenient that it can be a little TOO convenient at times. Case in point: When was the last time you saw a doctor for a seemingly minor, everyday complaint? If you're like most folks these days, the answer might be NEVER. It's too easy to just pop into a Walgreens or...
  17. Sleep struggles are bad for your brain

    This nighttime habit is as dangerous as heavy drinking You know the risks of booze, so you're smart about it. You either drink very little... or you never touch the stuff. But guess what? You could face ALL the risks of heavy drinking and more -- even if you've never had a sip! New research reveals the one bad habit...
  18. Sleep problems common with age

    Why your sleep is getting worse... and how to fix it Nothing's as good as it used to be, right? The coffee's too bitter, the music's too noisy, and don't even get me started on the garbage that passes for TV these days. And those aren't the only things that have changed over the years. Even SLEEP isn't what is...
  19. Camping can fix sleep problems

    Reset your sleep… this weekend! Trouble sleeping? Don't go looking for the answer at your local CVS. Try the KOA instead! A trip to your local campground could be the best way to reset your body's clock -- and the latest research shows how a simple camping trip can get your sleep schedule back on track. The study -- done...
  20. Sleep shortages can lead to bacterial imbalances

    Sleep is important for every part of your body, including your gut – and missing out can lead to dangerous imbalances in stomach bacteria.

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