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2 June 2017

 - What happens to your brain when it is sleep deprived? That question was the focus of a study covered by New Scientist, and what they discovered made a strong case for the long-term importance of rejuvenating sleep.

Researchers found that worn-out brain cells are rapidly destroyed and digested in mice that are chronically sleep deprived. It is conceivable that this process might offer benefits in the short term, and allows the brain to maintain healthy connections. Long-term, it may be the mechanism behind the increased risk of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Rejuvenating sleep is one of the fundamental foundations of health. According to Science Alert, duration is not the only measure of sleep. Sleep quality matters too. Are you exhausted after sleeping an appropriate amount of time? If you answered yes, then it may be time to figure out what is interfering with your sleep. 

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28 April 2017

 - Gentle sound stimulation — such as the rush of a waterfall — synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved their ability to recall words, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

Deep sleep is critical for memory consolidation. But beginning in middle age, deep sleep decreases substantially, which scientists believe contributes to memory loss in aging.

The sound stimulation significantly enhanced deep sleep in participants and their scores on a memory test.

“This is an innovative, simple and safe non-medication approach that may help improve brain health,” said senior author Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine sleep specialist. “This is a potential tool for enhancing memory in older populations and attenuating normal age-related memory decline.”

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7 July 2013

- When we are able to recognize prodromal and diagnostic dreams, we can seek help earlier than otherwise possible. When we recognize, understand, and take action during the various healing stages shown in our dreams, we can encourage and accelerate the healing process.

We often understand “healing” to mean becoming cured of a physical ailment. But we can be healed (made whole) on an emotional and spiritual level even when we cannot be cured. Our dreams come to us to help us on our journey towards wholeness.

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6 September 2012

 - Let’s face it, virtually one third of our lives are spent in the sleeping state yet our full consciousness never shuts off.

This is a significant world to know about that could teach us many things. That observer inside each of us is getting it all and we need to pay attention.

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15 April 2012

asleep  - Hobbits, as you know, are the adorable and heroic creatures of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, and "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy. When it comes to sleep, we may be more like hobbits than even Tolkien imagined.

Here is a little-known piece of information about patterns of sleep that may help you if you have a certain kind of sleep trouble.

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