The Brain Moves While We Sleep!!

August 22, 2019

Good sleep quality and duration help protect us from cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s, but how?
For the longest time, it was assumed the fluids in the brain and spinal cord were isolated from the rest of the body. It turns out that was totally wrong and the reason is really important.

The brain shrinks and expands during the four stages of sleep. As this happens, the fluid filled spaces in the brain pump damaging waste products including misfolded Tau proteins associated with Alzheimer into the lymph system of the rest of the body for disposal. Good sleep also supports resiliency during times of perceived stress which in turn helps the body keep inflammation in check; another important risk factor for brain health.

A few simple tricks may help you sleep more soundly for the ideal 7-8 hours. These include: Having your bedroom already dark before entering, having a warm bath or shower before bed, meditating if you feel stressed or can’t unwind, avoiding caffeine after Noon if you’re sensitive to it, not eating a meal less than three hours before bed and wearing orange coloured glasses to block out the blue spectrum light for a few hours before bed. The pineal gland assumes it must be daytime if there is blue in the spectrum of light such as from computer screens and energy efficient bulbs.

Should these and similar methods not bring sound sleep, book an appointment with our Integrative Therapist David Gilbert. Pick up a free Health Pass from the clinic, to bypass the usual $80.00 initial assessment fee.


Yours in good mental/emotional health.

The above is for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.


Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist particularly focused on anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma or PTSD, Post Concussion Syndrome and self-sabotage.  Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques), he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across the world. Work so powerful it’s guaranteed. 

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