I always say aging isn’t for sissies. It’s hard work. And one of the toughest pills to swallow are the brain changes that come along with getting older. Your memory just isn’t what it used to be.
Because the truth is you don’t have to be in danger of developing dementia to still feel like the old noodle has taken one punch too many. In fact, chances are, as you add MORE candles to the birthday cake, the LESS crisp your thinking becomes.
And that slowdown can interfere with day-to-day living in so many inconvenient and frustrating ways, including…
- SLOWER decision making
- “SENIOR” moments
- MATH problems (especially when paying bills)
- “FUZZY” or “HAZY” thinking
But new research reveals what could be the most critical weapon yet in the battle to support the aging brain and shield your memory.
And it’s something you can start to tackle yourself as soon as tonight.
STOP the mental slowdown with 1 sleep fix
Now I know you don’t need a lecture from me on how important sleep is. But there is a reason I talk about it so much here in Healthier Talk.
You see, a good night of rest isn’t just critical to how you feel and function the next day. It’s also crucial to your overall health as you grow older, including immune function, appetite, mood, MEMORY, and more.
And one sleep problem, in particular, can play havoc with your memory and cognition.
The bad news? It’s just about the most common sleep problem out there. In fact, it’s so common that you very well might have it yourself.
The good? I know just the fix for many people, especially older folks.
The issue here is trouble falling asleep. And if you’re tossing and turning yourself, you’re going to want to know about some research that was just published.
The new study finds that you could be setting yourself up for a future that includes struggles with:
- episodic memory
- executive function
- processing speed
Now that list might not mean a whole lot when you first glance at it. But those are some of the most essential functions in your brain.
These brain tasks are the ones you rely on to get through each day, whether it’s talking to friends and loved ones… making plans for the future… or shopping and paying bills. In other words, they are at the heart of your memory and cognition.
Get better sleep for a better memory
But don’t panic. If you want to avoid thinking troubles triggered by sleep problems, restoring healthy sleep could do just that. Plus, fixing your sleep issues may also lead to improvements if you’re already starting to feel that mental slowdown.
I’ve got three simple tricks to help you fall asleep faster so you can start protecting your memory starting TONIGHT…
- Avoid caffeine- and alcohol-containing drinks in the evening. Both kinds of beverages can make it difficult to fall asleep and lead to more frequent wake-ups once you knock out.
- Avoid LED or so-called blue lighting in the hour or so before bed, as it can “trick” your brain into thinking it’s still daylight. That means no smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets.
- Consider supplements of the “sleep hormone,” melatonin. Our levels of the hormone tend to drop with age. I like the dissolvable and spray forms more than capsules since they go to work faster. But pills and capsules work well too.
And don’t forget, I recently wrote to you about one more natural sleep fix that could solve two of the most common sleep struggles at once. This potent flower not only can help you get to sleep faster, but it can also send the quality of your shuteye soaring too. Click here to catch up if you missed it.
But don’t stop there. As we’ve seen before, depression and vascular problems can also play a major role in your memory and cognition. So don’t ignore either, whether you have insomnia or not.
Work with a naturopathic or integrative medicine doc to get them under control with natural therapies. Common fixes include fish oil and/or vitamin K2 (if you’re NOT on warfarin) to support circulation and curcumin to help balance out mood disorders.
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