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New Research – Poor Sleep Causes Memory Loss

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Faithful followers of this blog know that we are a medical alert company focusing on helping the elderly stay in their own homes … and our blog is all about the surprising Good News  these days enveloping the fastest growing population on earth! We focus on simple and tested health ideas you can use,  breaking research in neuroscience and anti-aging, uplifting stories to learn from, new aging-in-place technologies for the home, and much more. What follows is information on another ordinary activity (like drinking lots of water in a previous article) with extraordinary implications! It’s called A Good Night’s Sleep. The regenerative body process called sleep or lack thereof is linked to a number of chronic diseases, including obesity and depression. Now a new study has found a connection between poor sleep and memory storage. It boils down to a difference in the quality of sleep we get as we grow older. This was demonstrated in a recent UC Berkeley study conducted on 33 healthy adults without memory problems (18 participants were mostly in their 20s and 15 were in their 60s and 70s). The group learned 120 word pairs and were asked to recall them for researchers 10 minutes later, then again in the morning after a night’s rest. Brain activity scans of the participants found that the older adults’ quality of sleep was 75 percent lower than the younger group, and that their memory of the word pairs was 55 percent worse the next day. There are a number of ways to improve your sleep quality:

  • Check with your doctor to get treatment. By treating your medical condition, you can improve your quality of sleep dramatically.
  • Unplug. Put away your phones, tablets, laptops and other electrical devices an hour before going to bed. The blue light emitted by these devices interferes with melatonin production, and sends your body the message that it’s daytime, perking you up just as you should be winding down.
  • Exercise. Regular physical activity can improve the quality of your sleep, helping you sleep deeper and faster.

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The Quest for Immortality

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How to live longer?
It really IS 10% genes, the rest LIFESTYLE!

Recently CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta and world-renowned anti-aging experts discussed practical steps for living longer, and cutting-edge research that could dramatically extend human life.

Here’s their entire webcast:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/11/30/live.longer.webcast/index.html

Some of the highlights

  • Regenerative medicine could dramatically increase the life span of humans
  • Cutting out red meat and taking steps to reduce stress can help extend your life

One guru interviewed was author Dan Buettner who has carried out extensive studies to identify longevity hotspots around the world, documented in his book  The Blue Zones.

He identified 4 places where people live longest – Costa Rica, Sardinia in Italy, and Ikaria in Greece. What do these residents all have in common?  Answer: Diets low in meat, and lifestyles that meant more exercise.

Many Americans exercise too hard, says Buettner …
“The life expectancy of our species, for 99.9% of human history, was about 30 years. The fact that medicine has pushed life expectancy to age 78 doesn’t mean our bodies were designed for three-quarters of a century of pounding.

The world’s longest-lived people tend to do regular, low intensity physical activity, like walking with friends, gardening and playing with their children. The key is to do something light every day.”

The second anti-aging expert was Geneticist and Futurist Aubrey de Grey, the Chief Scientific Officer of SENS Foundation, which researches and promotes regenerative medicine.  He said that techniques such as stem cell therapy, gene therapy and tissue engineering could one day be used in combination to let humans live for hundreds of years.

“We can take people who are already middle aged, or perhaps older, and turn them back to having a lower biological age.”

Small Lifestyle Changes
Mr. Buettner notes that stress can have a huge negative impact on long-term health. Praying, meditating or even simply taking a nap can all act as effective stress busters, thereby protecting the body.

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