Our quality of sleep determines our Wellness perhaps more than any other factor. Lack of sleep can kill. Vehicle crashes from drowsy driving exceed those from BOTH drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs combined.
After being awake for 19 hours, drivers were as impaired as those legally drunk. Getting behind the wheel with 4 hours or less and you are 11.5 times more likely to crash. Four hours of sleep and being drunk is the worst increasing the risk 30X.
Great sleep lifts all boats in the harbor and is the best anti-inflammatory known for both the brain and body. It is the anti-aging miracle that heals both body and brain.
What is great sleep?
- Fall asleep easily without need for a drug.
- Stay asleep though the night with no interruptions.
- Awake rested, recharged and ready to go.
- A balance of NREM sleep and REM sleep
NREM (Non Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is deep delta wave sleep that allow our brain to prune away connections no longer being used, detox and flush away toxins, and normalize inflammation and swelling. Lack of NREM sleep leads to poor memory and dementia symptoms. Laser or other stimulation to the prefrontal cortex can enhance this critical form of sleep.
REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep allows making new connections. While dreaming, the “theatre of our mind” combines memories in new and remarkably creative combinations. It solidifies movement patterns like the new piano piece or basketball shot so by morning, we “have it down”. Poor REM sleep is often demonstrated by someone who can’t remember if they dreamed and is also linked with a high risk of dementia. Thiamine 50 support this type of sleep.
Lack of sufficient quality and quantity of sleep leads to memory and function losses just like dementia. In fact, you can create dementia through poor sleep.
NREM deep sleep activates the deep cleaning, glymphatic cleaning and detox system that flushes out chemical toxins, adenosine, tau protein, amyloid, and other toxic proteins linked with dementia.
This is so important that just one night of poor sleep creates a prediabetic condition the next day and can lead to binging on up to 40% more junk food carbs than normal.
What helps us get to sleep?
Our circadian rhythm helps us wake up and fall asleep on schedule when working properly. We need sunlight on our face and just 5 minutes of exercise to set our circadian clock in the morning. In the evening, it is ideal to eat dinner at least 3 hours before bedtime. Also really important to turn off computers, phones, TV, and any other electronics at least 1 hour before bedtime – 2 hours is better.
Lastly, avoid “junk light” especially in the evening. LED lights, computers, TV’s, and phones emit harsh blue frequencies that rev the brain making quality sleep unlikely. Wearing “True Dark” twilight glasses at least one hour before bed blocks 4 different sleep harming wavelengths of light. Ideal is wearing our True Darks when the sun goes down. https://truedark.com/twilights/