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10 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

In our previous post, Detox in Your Sleep with Proper Sleep Hygiene, we stress the importance of getting a good night’s sleep — not only so you feel rested the next day, but also to enable your brain to detoxify itself. The slow and steady brain and cardiopulmonary activity associated with deep, non-REM sleep are optimal for the function of the glymphatic system — the brain’s unique pathway for removing toxic waste. This nightly flushing of waste and toxic proteins from the brain is very likely to help protect against aging and irreversible and progressive brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

In that previous post, we highlight some of the underlying health issues that negatively impact sleep, such as pain, bladder conditions, poor blood sugar balance, and gastrointestinal issues. While we can certainly help you address these and other health conditions that may impair your ability to sleep deeply, you can take several steps on your own to improve your sleep quantity and quality on a nightly basis.

In this post, we present 10 tips for getting a better night’s sleep: continue reading

Detox in Your Sleep with Proper Sleep Hygiene

Have you ever wondered why you feel terrible the next day when you sleep poorly the night before? Or why the same people who develop sleep issues as they age tend to be more susceptible to progressive brain disorders, such as dementia? Evidence is beginning to suggest a possible connection between poor sleep and brain health. When you’re unable to sleep soundly on a regular basis, your brain may be unable to fully detoxify itself.

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New research shows how the depth of your sleep can impact your brain’s ability to efficiently flush waste and toxic proteins. Because sleep often becomes increasingly lighter and more disrupted as we age, the study — co-authored by the co-director of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, along with Danish and Finnish researchers — reinforces and potentially explains the links between aging, sleep deprivation, and heightened risk for irreversible and progressive brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, Increased glymphatic influx is correlated with high EEG delta power and low heart rate in mice under anesthesia, appears in the February 1, 2019 edition of the journal Science Advances, and indicates that slow and steady brain and cardiopulmonary activity associated with deep non-REM sleep are optimal for the function of the glymphatic system, the brain’s unique pathway for removing waste.

If you’re a patient of ours, you’ve likely heard us preach about the brain-gut connection. For example, when your gut microbiota is imbalanced, we can see not only digestive disorders but also autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and (this is important in regard to today’s post) unhealthy expression of hormones and brain chemicals leading to mood disorders, depression, and anxiety.

Sleep, as it turns out, may truly be your best friend.

To be successful with any plan of care — regardless of it being one we prescribe one offered by another functional medicine practice in Tampa, you must sleep well. In this post, we provide guidance on how to improve both the continue reading

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