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Lack of Sleep May Lead to Brain Shrinkage

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  • Poor sleeping habits cause both brain damage and brain shrinkage, and may even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Lack of sleep has also been linked to obesity and hormone alterations
  • One animal study found that chronic exposure to light at night prevented reproductive organ development in male blackbirds
  • Recent research shows that your body clock plays an important role in chronic inflammation and the accumulation of body fat
  • Misuse of sleeping pills is on the rise. Emergency room visits involving the sleep aid zolpidem (Ambien) nearly doubled between 2005 and 2010, reaching 42,274 visits in the year 2009-2010
  • Maintaining a natural rhythm of exposure to sunlight during the day and darkness at night is one crucial foundational component of sleeping well

By Dr. Mercola

Recent studies show poor sleeping habits cause both brain damage and brain shrinkage, and may even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease.


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