Sleep deficiency—not getting enough restful sleep—is associated with many serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. Some people are able to correct a sleep deficiency by improving their sleep habits and environment, but for those who continue to have sleep problems, a sleep
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Just a few hours spent engaging in exercises that teach the aging brain to increase processing speed—the ability to attend to and respond to incoming information—appear to dramatically reduce an older adult’s vulnerability to dementia, new research suggests. A slowing of processing speed often accounts for age-related brain decline.
Insomnia is now at epidemic levels. Up to half of Americans suffer from at least one of the four cardinal insomnia symptoms:
Difficulty falling asleep
Inability to stay asleep
Waking up in the early morning
Experiencing nonrestorative sleep
Almost a quarter of the U.S. population meets the strict diagnostic criteria for insomnia disorder, in which
Poor sleep quality and diet may contribute to the early accumulation of the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new review. Part of the reason may involve cortisol, a hormone manufactured by the body that plays a role in regulating many core functions, including sleep. Cortisol levels naturally
The Benefits of Activity
We’ve seen how smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline. But the truth is that the most important lifestyle changes you make for your brain happen between meals: To maximize your chances of maintaining peak brain power as you age, increase your level
As important as it is to eat well, as discussed in the bulk of this report, other lifestyle factors, including exercise and sleep, also impact your health. Compared with less active people, those who are more physically active tend to live longer and have lower risks of many chronic diseases,
Ready to Shift?
You don’t have to overhaul your eating habits overnight or give up all of the foods you love to attain good health. Instead, think about making small shifts in your diet or eating pattern to incorporate heathier options. If you make small, positive changes in the way you’re
A healthy brain is an adaptable brain—one that can respond to new information and circumstances, withstand the harmful effects of injury, disease, and stress, and repair itself following damage to, or loss of, brain cells and/or their connections. This capacity, called neuroplasticity, is essential to staying sharp in older age.
An estimated 1.3 million Americans are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and women are more than twice as likely as men to have the disease. RA is characterized by inflammation in the lining of the joints, which can lead to joint damage, chronic pain, and disability.
“RA is an autoimmune disease,
What you put on your plate every day can help protect your arteries from damage, and thus, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. Focusing on a diet that contains a wide variety of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, healthy fats like olive oil and nuts, beans and