The next time you have a “senior moment,” don’t just chalk it up to getting older.
Because the REAL reason for your memory loss, may be happening to you every time you hit the hay.
While you’re in bed getting your zzz’s, you could be doing battle with this hidden brain-drain without even knowing it.
And it could dramatically spike your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Memory-stealing sleep apnea strikes MILLIONS
Sleep is supposed to be restful.
But it’s far from it for folks with this disorder. Instead, they labor away all night… gasping for air.
I’m talking about sleep apnea, of course.
It’s when you stop breathing while you’re snoozing. It can happen dozens, even hundreds of times a night for some folks. And each episode can last from seconds to minutes.
Experts say 22 million Americans suffer from this sleep disorder. But even more shocking is that an incredible 80 percent of folks who have it, don’t have a clue.
And not having a clue can soon turn into TRUE cluelessness… because the condition is a serious brain-drainer.
Lack of oxygen can cause brain damage
A new study found a link between sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s. And it even revealed why apnea can give you brain damage and set you up for dementia.
According to researchers with each episode of apnea, your oxygen levels plummet. And every time that happens, your brain takes a massive hit.
You see your brain is an oxygen hog. Your brain makes up only one to two percent of your body weight. But at the same time, it uses 25 percent of the oxygen in your body.
And your brain MUST get enough oxygen… or it… and your memory… suffers.
Don’t ignore this Alzheimer’s red flag
When the researchers tested a group of older folks with sleep apnea, they spotted thinning of the left and right temporal lobes in the brain.
And despite what anyone has told you in the past, being a FAT HEAD is actually a GOOD thing.
The thinning was in the parts of the brain necessary for memory. And a faster than normal brain shrink is a red flag for a future of battling dementia.
But that wasn’t the only damage the sleep apnea appeared to be doing. The researchers discovered widespread inflammation in the volunteer’s brains too.
And, as you may know, brain inflammation is one of the classic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.
Diagnosing your sleep apnea
If you’re not sure if you have sleep apnea, there are two ways to find out.
One, you can go to a sleep lab and be monitored overnight. They’ll track your sleeping patterns, and record whether you stop breathing during the night.
And they will be able to tell you the next morning whether you have apnea or not. And how severe it is if you do.
But you can save that cash and time by simply asking your spouse to LISTEN carefully to you when you’re asleep. Because the sounds of sleep apnea are easy to spot… when you know what you’re looking for.
He or she should be listening for loud snores. If it’s sleep apnea, periods of silence when you stop breathing will follow. And then finally a gasp for air as you start breathing again.
A NATURAL cure for brain-draining sleep apnea
Now, your doctor may recommend painful surgery to correct your apnea. Or an uncomfortable breathing device called a CPAP machine that countless folks give up on after the first week.
But you may be able to forget all that. Because there’s a simple natural cure for sleep apnea that works almost every time. And as strange as it sounds, it’s weight loss.
More often than not carrying around extra pounds is the CAUSE of sleep apnea. And when you lose the weight, you lose the nightly struggle for air right along with it.
The fastest, easiest way to lose weight is to switch to lower-carb eating.
When you cut WAY back on the carbs, it sends your body into fat-burning overdrive. And before you know it, those pounds start melting away almost effortlessly.
Also, be sure to start unseating your seat more often. But you don’t have to spend hours sweating on the machines at the gym. Just taking a daily walk, playing a round of golf (without the cart), or going out dancing can burn off that body fat too.
Soon you’ll find yourself saying goodbye to that extra weight and the nighttime brain-drain that goes with it.
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