At first, it was frustrating. But now? Well, NOW it’s absolutely terrifying.
Your once whip-sharp memory is fading. And it’s going fast.
You’re not just forgetting the milk anymore. You’re starting to misplace faces, forget names, miss appointments, and worse.
But the reason for those memory slips might surprise (and relieve) you. Because the latest research reveals how, in many cases, it’s not what you fear the most.
There’s a strong chance it’s NOT dementia.
The memory struggles are likely triggered by something else entirely. Something that can be found, fought, and most importantly fixed.
With one easy step, you could…
- REVERSE memory loss
- STOP decline
- SAVE your brain
- STAY sharp
And you can do all that even as you grow older.
The TRUE cause of memory struggles
Your doctor likely sold it to you as good news. You DON’T have dementia.
And he’s right, of course. That IS good news. But the bad news is he still can’t tell you exactly what’s wrong.
So your memory slips get labeled as age-related memory loss or cognitive impairment. And while you’re VERY relieved it’s not dementia, you’re ALSO frustrated not knowing what it is or how to fix it.
Now, chances are we can change that.
The new study shows how certain memory problems share a common cause. And in these cases, it’s not about age, diet, disease, nutrition, or any of the other usual suspects. It’s all about sleep.
It’s not just about getting the right amount, either. As I’ve shared before, you also need the right TYPE of sleep – specifically, “slow-wave sleep,” aka essential deep sleep.
The new review of more than 130 studies finds this specific period of rest is critical to both learning and memory, especially in two particular ways…
- Storage: Deep sleep allows your brain to store what you’ve just learned, like the name of someone you just met today.
- Consolidation: Slow-wave sleep also allows your brain to consolidate long-term memory. In other words, it’s where you keep the names of all the other people you’ve met.
Get the right slow-wave sleep, and what you learn gets stored into your memory bank, and you can pull it out when needed. Like greeting a friend by name the moment you see them.
Miss out, and you’re trapped in those “tip of the tongue” moments. Or worse yet, you’re talking to someone who clearly knows you… but you have NO CLUE who they are. (YIKES!)
Get BETTER sleep for BETTER recall
One likely reason for the link is that during slow-wave sleep, your brain releases cleansing cerebral spinal fluids that help clear out damaging toxins.
And experts believe memory slips happen more often as we get older because seniors tend to get MUCH less of that rejuvenating slow-wave sleep.
In our youth, we typically get several hours of slow-wave sleep every night. But most seniors get just 30 minutes or less.
In other words, you could sleep a full night… seemingly get all the rest you need… yet STILL fall short in the one phase you need the most to maintain your ironclad memory.
Clearly, you need to do more than just get extra sleep. You need BETTER sleep.
One simple way to do that is to boost your intake of fiber. Fiber not only can help increase the amount of sleep you rack up. Studies show it can also help boost your levels of that critical slow-wave sleep that’s so important for a good memory.
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