Scientists are hailing it as a “crystal ball.” But this isn’t a psychic hotline scam.
It’s a direct window into your possible future.
This breakthrough discovery could reveal who’s most at risk for dementia. Plus, it could give you the head start you need to act now when it matters most, giving you the best shot at stopping this devastating disease in its tracks.
Best of all, you don’t need extensive testing to read this crystal ball.
In fact, you can gaze into it yourself, as early as tonight. And I’m going to show you exactly how to get this crucial glimpse into the future.
The link between sleep and Alzheimer’s
Once you have Alzheimer’s, there aren’t many treatment options. And that’s what makes this new “crystal ball” method so critical.
Because it can reveal your risk early when there may still be time to stop it from progressing. The secret is in your sleep.
The study in the journal Current Biology finds it comes down to TWO critical nighttime factors:
- Sleep fragmentation: This is what it sounds like… when your sleep is fragmented because you wake up too often. It can cause you to feel tired and cranky in the morning, of course. But it can also stop you from spending enough time in restorative deep sleep.
- Slow-wave sleep: This critical non-REM phase of sleep is when your brain releases a wave of cleansing fluids that washes through and clears out toxins. When you don’t get enough of slow-wave sleep, those toxins stay in place – including the beta-amyloid plaques linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
The more fragmentation and less slow-wave sleep you have, the higher your levels of beta-amyloid – and the higher your Alzheimer’s risk.
Measure your dementia risk with THIS crystal ball
Doctors can order sleep tests. They can even do brain scans or sample cerebrospinal fluids if they’re really concerned about your Alzheimer’s risk.
But the easiest way to “test” for potential sleep issues is to simply pay attention to how you feel and your sleep habits.
If you know you tend to wake up at night but aren’t sure if it’s often enough to be a potential problem, put a pad and a pencil on your nightstand. Draw a line every time you’re awake. By morning, you can count the lines.
Or you can simply take note of how you feel when you wake up. If you’re feeling refreshed and ready to meet the day, chances are you had not only the right AMOUNT of sleep but also the right TYPE, too.
If you’re groggy even after 7 to 8 hours in bed, then you’re likely falling short. And that could send your Alzheimer’s risk rising.
One potential roadblock to good quality sleep is sleep apnea. And I’ll have more on that issue, and how to overcome it, next week. Stress or pain can interrupt your rest too, robbing you of critical slow-wave sleep.
Relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, can often help with both issues. Or consider THIS perfect “prescription” for erasing pain AND stress at the same time.
Be sure to stick to a regular sleep routine and shut off all your electronics at least an hour before bed every night to give yourself the best shot at a good night’s sleep. Then target your poor slow-wave sleep with a solution so simple you’ll have to SEE it work to BELIEVE it works. Eat more fiber.
People who eat more fiber tend to get better quality sleep overall. And studies show that fiber can help increase your essential slow-wave sleep, too.
This means when you gaze into that crystal ball again, chances are you won’t see any more signs of a growing Alzheimer’s risk.