sleep

  1. 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 comes to sleep, MORE isn’t always BETTER.

    In many ways, it’s WORSE.

    It’s often a desperate cry from your body that something isn’t quite right – something that needs attention, stat – and I’ll let you in on what it means and how to fix it in a moment.

    First, new research reveals yet again the unexpected danger of “too much” sleep.

    The sweet spot for sleep and brain health is exactly where it is for everything else. It varies a little, from person to person, but for the most part it’s right around 7-8 hours per night.

    If you don’t hit that zone, your cognitive performance starts to suffer, and it can suffer BIG.

    People who sleep too much see dips in function by just about every major measure, with the biggest plunges coming in verbal skills and reasoning.

    In some cases, the cognitive problems of poor sleep – whether it’s too much OR too little – can equal the damage of nearly a decade of aging!

    That’s not the only risk, of course.

    The right levels of sleep are essential to rejuvenating your immune system, helping cells to repair damage and sweeping toxins out of the brain.

    And, again, studies show problems in all three not only in folks who miss out on sleep, but also in people who sleep too much.

    Long sleepers even have a higher risk of death!

    That’s one risk you don’t want to fall asleep on.

    And if you’re sleeping too much yourself, consider this your wakeup call.

    There are three main causes of “hypersominia,” a.k.a. too much sleep.

    One is medication, so if you’re taking anything talk to a doc about your other options.

    The second is an undiagnosed illness or infection, so obviously make sure you’ve had a physical and some blood work done.

    The third is one of the most common undiagnosed hormone conditions in the nation today: adrenal fatigue.

    It’s when your adrenal glands burn out from years of stress, work and exposure to toxins.

    That leads to the kind of life-sapping fatigue that sends you to bed for 9, 10 or even 11 hours at time… and even then, you might still need a nap in the middle of the day!

    But you can fight back.

    An all-natural formula built around rhodiola and ashwagandha can give your adrenals what they need to reverse to toll of stress and toxins, restoring your energy and fighting off all of the risks exposed in the new study.

  2. [Alert] Popular meds boost stroke risk 59%

    [Alert] 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 dangerous than all of those factors put together.

    And it’s something you could get from your own doctor!

    That’s right. A medication you THINK you need to improve your health — something you might even take daily — could actually destroy your life and possibly end it.

    New research finds that an entire class of medication — so common that you’ve almost certainly used one of them yourself — can not only boost your odds of a stroke, but also your risk of dying from one.

    They’re called anticholinergic drugs, but don’t think you’re in the clear if that name isn’t familiar.

    It’s not a word you’ll see too often on drug packages (not without a magnifying glass, anyway).

    These drugs are given across the board for nearly every condition imaginable: colds, allergies, sleep, pain, mood problems, and more.

    They include both prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs.

    You almost certainly know some of the names: Benadryl, Seroquel, Valium, Imodium, Xanax, codeine, beta-blockers, and more all have some degree of anticholinergic activity.

    The new study finds that taking these types of drugs can increase your risk of stroke by 59 percent.

    That’s already frightening, especially when you consider how common these drugs are.

    But they can also do something else that’s much worse.

    They can not only increase the risk of having a stroke… but they can nearly DOUBLE your odds of DYING from one, boosting that risk by 86 percent, according to the study in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

    The biggest risk is in people with a “high intake” of these drugs, which is generally folks who take two or three anticholinergic drugs or more. Given how common the drugs are, that no doubt includes hundreds of thousands — maybe even millions — of people.

    And that’s hardly the only risk.

    Other studies have linked a high intake of anticholinergic drugs to everything from dementia to death.

    It’s a risk you don’t have to face. Nearly every single condition treated with these drugs has a better, safer solution.

    If you have any of these common complaints treated with anticholinergic drugs — whether it’s allergies, bowel problems, high blood pressure, pain, or mood disorders — seek the wisdom of an experienced holistic medical doctor.

    If you’re in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. Sleep problems increase heart risk

    Sleep problems can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke in older women.
  17. Poor sleep could be caused by your iPad

    Sleep issues are one of the most common problems facing Americans, and one reason might be the widespread use of electronics such as iPads before bedtime.
  18. How much sleep do you need?

    The amount of sleep each person needs varies, but new research claims 7 hours a night is best for brain health.
  19. Lack of sleep a brain-damaging habit

    Missing out on sleep can kill off critical neurons in the brain and set the stage for cognitive problems.
  20. Lack of sleep can worsen chronic pain

    Pain patients who can't sleep get less activity, which worsens the pain so they sleep even less. Here's how you can break out of this cycle.

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