Articles tagged with "Sleep"

  • 6 Tricks for Better Sleep

    It’s an all-too-common scenario. Too many restless nights resulting in a visit to the doctor where you confess that you’re “not sleeping well.” In many cases, this results in your doctor writing a prescription for a sleep drug. However, the problem is that the depth and restorative nature of the sleep you get on sleep drugs is not on par with good, natural sleep. Specifically, the deeper stages of sleep are interrupted by these drugs which can have profound effects on brain function. So what can you do to improve sleep? Don’t drink caffeine after noon. Caffeine stays in your system much longer than you may think. You may be surprised to learn that the half-life of caffeine is actually about 6 hours! Exercise for at least 20 minutes every day. Exercise is one of the first things we recommend for those who report feeling fatigued/tired every day, or generally Read More

  • The Glymphatic System: Enhancing Performance with Optimal Sleep

    Perhaps by now, you’ve heard of the glymphatic system. Personally, I’ve seen it be a subject both popular media and medical journals are devoting more and more attention to. But, what exactly is the glymphatic system? This may come as a bit of a surprise to learn, but it’s your brain’s other circulatory system. Yes, your brain has a second circulatory system! This newly discovered pathway is used to rid the brain of the byproducts of metabolism. Think of it as how the brain takes out the garbage. We’re also now learning it’s an important means for transporting important chemicals around the brain, like glucose and fatty acids. Certainly, the performance of the glymphatic system is something we want to do, and it’s a good thing we’re seeing more research done to determine how to do this. One finding that seems to be sticking out: improving the quality of our sleep Read More

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