There’s just one basic issue when it comes to sleep. And you can probably already guess what that is. Getting enough of it.
You know you need a certain amount of quality sleep. It’s crucial to your health.
The catch? No one ever seems to be able to agree on precisely HOW MUCH you need. Or the RIGHT WAY to hit that target.
And if we’re being honest, what good is that info anyway? After all, sleep often feels mostly out of our control. And many folks can’t seem to get a full night of good solid rest no matter what they do.
If that’s your story or the story of someone you care about, you’re in luck. We finally have some answers. Science has settled on what the perfect amount of shuteye is. Plus, I can help you reach that goal.
So today, let me fill in the gap with two crucial pieces of information that can change your nights, improve your days, and enhance your health:
- The RIGHT amount of sleep
- The RIGHT way to get it
And, don’t worry. You won’t need to pop a prescription pill to get that well-deserved night of rejuvenating rest.
How much sleep you REALLY need
First, let me bust one of the most enduring myths about sleep quantity. The notion that eight hours a night is a “full” night of sleep is pure bunk. Forcing yourself to try to hit that goal can lead to frustration for many folks.
I’m not saying eight hours is bad, mind you. And some people certainly do need that “full” 8 hours. But it’s not a one-size-fits-all formula.
Instead, there’s a lot of wiggle room. And the new study shows yet again how you can fall well short of that target and still reap the main benefits of a “full” night of sleep.
The new research focused on brain health. And the scientists looked at a combination of sleep duration data… brain scans… and memory tests.
They found that people who slept seven to eight hours a night did the best on tests. Plus, they had lower levels of beta-amyloid, the damaged brain proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
But don’t panic if you sometimes get a bit less sleep than that. Because the researchers also found that the real problems don’t kick in until you fall below six hours a night.
In other words, you can fall well short of spending eight hours in La-la land and still feel fantastic.
Unfortunately, falling below six hours of shuteye is all too common. In fact, it happened to more than one in four seniors in the new study. That could set the stage for a nightmare as those folks also had the highest levels of damaging brain proteins and the lowest cognitive scores.
And while the research into this area is ongoing, it’s almost certainly because short sleep stops the natural detox process, which normally flushes beta-amyloid and other toxins out of your brain.
The EASY SOLUTION for PERFECT shuteye
Of course, good sleep is crucial to more than just brain health alone.
Falling short on shuteye can also mess with your:
- immune function
- DNA repair
- cardiovascular health
That means you don’t have to obsess over getting a “full” eight hours of sleep. But at the same time, you shouldn’t ignore an ongoing serious shortfall in snooze time.
If you’re routinely clocking in at under six hours… or just feel tired in the morning or run out of gas by midday… it’s time to act.
Many seniors struggle with sleep because the body produces lower levels of the “sleep hormone” melatonin as we grow older. Melatonin supplements could help pick up the slack and help give you what you need for good sleep.
If anxiety or stress is behind your poor sleep, you might want to give bacopa a try. I recently wrote about how this herbal remedy can help tackle stress, anxiety, and insomnia all in one step.
If it’s pain that’s keeping you up at night, it’s time to ease the hurt. Check out the tips in this free report on halting the hurt naturally. And if you wake up feeling crummy no matter how much you sleep, you could be battling sleep apnea, drug side effects, or an undiagnosed illness. So be sure to speak to your doctor if you’re still struggling.