Sleep Well to Reduce Alzheimer’s Disease Risk
Good Sleep: Precursor To Good Mental Health
What had previously been known as old age senility, dementia and Alzheimer, are all now simply known as cognitive mental illnesses. By whatever category it is called, heartache is the result for a countless number of people and their families.
Poor Sleep: A Precursor To Dementia/Alzheimer
While no one denies that sleepless or interrupted nights of sleep influences the human body in a detrimental manner, it has only been recently that a possible link between lack of sleep and cognitive mental acumen has been established.
Recent research studies indicate that much of what passes as Alzheimer-like symptoms can be slowed and even reversed with an almost common sense approach of simple, lifestyle changes.
Not all dementia is Alzheimer-related. The good news is that 40 percent of the dementia that is found in non-Alzheimer diagnosed patients can be treated by four easy to implement steps.
A Paradigm Shift In Anti-Alzheimer Protocols
1- Adequate Sleep
Getting sufficient amounts of sleep, minus sleep medication, is the first and foremost method for reducing dementia-like symptoms. Poor sleep is worsen by taking sleeping pills that dull the brain and cognitive faculties even further–regardless of one’s age.
Sleeping in complete darkness, minus red, blue or green LED lights, is another major contributing factor for inducing sleep. Likewise, shutting off all electronic equipment such as TVs, cell phones and electronic other devices up to two hours before going to sleep is another tremendous aid.
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2- Eating Regimen
In addition to getting enough uninterrupted sleep, eating an appropriate diet is another crucial element in restoring memory loss or memory clarity. Many people, if not most, need to eat a higher percent of protein and a moderate amount of fats and oils, especially if there is a challenge of Alzheimer present.
Excessive amounts of sugar that trigger symptoms that are almost indistinguishable from persons on crack cocaine affect Alzheimer patients of any age. Confusion, disorientation and hyper-agitation are the results for many on sugar-laden diets.
In addition, research is underway that possibly links the high iodine contents of extra virgin coconut oil and restored mental health. Moreover, in many cases, sleep itself.
3- Smoking And Reduced Alcohol Consumption
According to research coming from one of Miami’s foremost health centers, by simply eliminating smoking, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol and getting adequate sleep, the onset of Alzheimer is reduced by six to seven years.
4- Exercise And Mental Stimulation
Relaxing, peaceful exercises such as Chinese Tai Chi C’huan and yoga can do much for those unaccustomed to strenuous exercise, such as some elderly persons.
Having persons engage in a near normal social life, such as going to church and learning a new activity, such as checking and sending emails, all contribute to having a person feel more connected and “still with it.”
In a nutshell, today’s approaches to fighting Alzheimer can be said to consist mostly of preventive measures rather than medical treatments. Eating right, moderate exercise and engaging in social activities all contribute to good sleep and restored mental health.