Lack of Sleep Can Harm Your Memory – even missing just two hours a night can erase memories for ever
Just two hours of missed sleep is enough to stop the brain from laying down and storing memories
New research revealed at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference claims that when we don’t get enough sleep, the brain is prevented from laying down and storing memories. Simply dropping from eight hours of sleep to six could make the difference. What is more, any memories lost due to not getting enough sleep may be gone for ever.
Researcher Ted Abel said: ‘I think what it really means for modern life is that sleep is not a luxury.
It is really critically important for brain to function and for you to be able to really remember and consolidate what’s happened to you over the day.” He added that any information lost due to lack of sleep is gone forever – meaning that sleeping longer the next night won’t bring it back.
It is thought that the replay of our memories while we are asleep is essential for their proper storage in the brain.
Sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley said a lack of memory consolidation can lead to people forgetting to carry out simple tasks and have no recollection of being asked to do something.
He said: ‘The important thing about sleep is that is allows the brain to do things that it is far too busy to do during the day. ‘Sleep is the quiet time that gives the brain time to do the filing.’
Getting a good night’s sleep can help shed the pounds.
Sleep deprivation reduces fat cells ability to respond to insulin by a third
We discussed lack of sleep and how it affects your memory, but did you know that sleep deprivation can make you gain weight and increase the risk of diabetes?
Although it is widely believed the main function of sleep is to rest the brain, even fat cells need sleep to function efficiently, researchers have found. The study found not getting enough sleep has a harmful impact on fat cells reducing their ability to respond to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels and energy, by a third.
The research should raise alarm bells for those who routinely sleep less than five hours a night thinking they can cope mentally, but may not be unaware of the physical impact it has on their bodies.
However, it could pave the way for new treatments in treating diabetics – by prescribing a good night’s sleep.
This could be behind your memory loss.
Dr. Bob DeMaria discusses the memory loss problem in this country and what may be behind it. He also talks about what you can do to reverse the trend in your family!
Anti-oxidants are vital to our health. Without them in our diet we’re vulnerable to infections, heart disease, premature ageing and possibly even cancer. Although our bodies produce their own anti-oxidants, we also need to boost our defences by eating foods that contain them. Anti-oxidants protect us against Free Radicals which are a by product of digestion and metabolism. Environmental pollution, illness and cigarettes can make us become “overloaded” with Free Radicals.
To boost your quota of anti-oxidants make sure you include the following in your diet:
Seafood – a good source of selenium, omega 3, Vitamin E
A wide variety of fruits and vegetables for Vitamin C and beta carotene.
Nuts, avocados and vegetable oils for Vitamin E
Mushroom Terrine Serves 8
12oz (3 cups) mushrooms chopped
6 oz (¾ cup) minced, cooked ham
12oz (1½ cups) minced pork
3 oz (½ cup) onion minced
1 ½ oz (¾ cup) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
2 tomatoes skinned and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 large egg
pinch of sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together thoroughly.
Turn into an earthenware terrine, cover with foil and bake in a moderately hot oven (375F, 190C gas mark 5) for 1 – 1½ hours. Serve with crusty wholemeal bread and/or a green salad.
Supercharge Your Health With Superfoods!
We’ve been told over and over again that you are what you eat. The problem for many of us is that we just don’t know how to eat healthful foods and what’s worse, we don’t know how to prepare them.
Supercharge Your Health answers both of these questions by explaining in clear and concise language what makes these foods super and why we should be eating them. For example, did you know that beans can help regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels?
Each super food also includes several recipes so you are sure to find one you like.
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Truth spoken is a gift given.
Truth withheld is more than a gift denied, it is an arrow aimed at the heart.
It has been said that “the truth hurts,” but the exact
opposite is true. No truth is too hurtful, and no lie is
harmless. Because every truth opens your heart to
another, and every lie separates it.
Yet know this: The way you say your truth can be hurtful.
So speak your truth, but soothe your words with peace.
Neale Donald Walsch