Want To Live Longer – Get More Sleep
The natural cycle of light and dark has ruled most of human history. The discovery of fire pushed the boundaries. Then our ancestors created oil lamps and candles. But these only brought a little light into the darkness.
Then came electricity – and modern lighting turned our natural rhythm on its head. Shift work, brightly lit nights, and video screens have turned our natural rhythms upside-down. These changes have led to unintended consequences – including an epidemic of the blues.
Today, we’ll explore how modern life can give you the blues… how to reverse a major cause of the blues… and how to promote longevity at the same time.
Like It or Not, Your Body Is Hard-Wired
The Earth’s rotation hasn’t varied an awful lot for eons. Life – from the simplest one-celled plants to the complex mammals that dominate today – developed on a roughly 24-hour cycle.
Our bodies are hard-wired to this cycle. In other words, our nervous systems are keyed to it. Deep within your brain is the suprachiasmatic nucleus – the SCN – that controls this 24-hour clock… often called your “circadian rhythm.”
The SCN tells your body to release “wakeful” hormones – like cortisol – at specific points in the day. The same holds true for “sleep” hormones such as melatonin.
The SCN tells your body to release more melatonin as light fades. But street lights, lamps, and video monitors all emit light that tells your body still daytime. So your SCN may miss it’s cue.
Suddenly, your body needs sleep, but it doesn’t have the right amounts of the right hormones to get there. And this can lead to serious problems.
Disruption = Destruction
Feeling sleepy isn’t just a minor problem. If you don’t get the sleep your body needs, the results can be fatal. Add in complications like the standard Western diet, and you’re looking at a major health issue.
Take a brand-new study from New York University School of Medicine as an example. These doctors discovered messing with the natural 24-hour rhythm can lead to rouge cells developing in the lungs… and can even lead to fatal out-of-control cell growth.1
University researchers led by Northwestern University found messing with our natural rhythms can lead to serious energy production issues.
Normal function of your mitochondria – your cells “energy factories” – helps ensure cell survival. But messing with the natural rhythm can lead to sub-optimal energy production… weakening your cells’ survival mechanisms.2
And here’s a real surprise: messing with your body’s natural rhythms could actually result in serious joint damage.
An international group of university scientists discovered normal chemical levels were skewed in people with greater levels of joint damage. People with higher levels of joint damage had lower levels of key proteins linked to normal circadian rhythms.3
Suddenly, getting enough sleep is more serious than you may have thought.
And then the latest news broke…
“Busted” Rhythms Can Lead to Near-Despair
Your boss asks you to work longer hours. Your partner enjoys a late-night TV program, and you watch along. Or you stay up late to catch the news. No matter what the reason is, the result is the same: You break the natural sleep-wake cycle.
And the latest research shows this may be a big mistake.
New research published in the journal Biological Psychiatry suggests breaking your natural sleep-wake cycle may leave you feeling very low indeed.4
For the first time, scientists were able to make a clear link between the blues and the sleep-wake cycle. And the results overwhelmingly showed an unnatural sleep-wake cycle led to poor mood.
In experiments with mice, messing with the circadian rhythm led to signs of helplessness, anxiousness, and the blues. And because the doctors reduced the variables to just one, the results were finally clear.
Breaking your natural rhythm leads to the blues. Along with all the other issues – and more – that we’ve already mentioned.5
Get Yourself Back on Track Naturally
Every natural process seems to have a natural way to get itself back on track. And this seems to hold true for your body’s natural 24-hour rhythms.
Melatonin is your body’s “sleep hormone.” But when you’re exposed to too much light, stay up too late, or otherwise interfere with its job, you don’t just lose sleep. You trigger all the health problems I mentioned above.
However, studies show taking melatonin – even in very small amounts – can reestablish your body’s natural rhythms.
For example, an article in the International Journal of Molecular Science points out how melatonin not only promotes proper rest, it can even support longevity by stimulating SIRT1 – the so-called “longevity gene.”6
In 2015, Polish scientists showed melatonin can help ease the blues… and even help reverse the weight gain linked to low mood.7
And scientists writing in the European Heart Journal recently pointed out melatonin is linked to better sleep and mental clarity. Plus, they found, melatonin may defend against heart and brain diseases, metabolic issues like blood sugar trouble, and abnormal cell division.8
Improving Your Melatonin Status
Studies show you don’t need a lot of melatonin to encourage healthy sleep – and a return to more normal wake-sleep rhythms.
Taking just a little of this hormone can make a big difference in how well you rest. But it all boils down to sleeping well and sleeping enough.
That’s why your goal shouldn’t be just to get enough melatonin, but to get enough sleep. And the easiest way to do that is with a comprehensive sleep formula like Women’s Formula Healing Sleep.
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1 Papagiannakopoulos, T., et al, “Circadian Rhythm Disruption Promotes Lung Tumorigenesis,” Cell Metabolism. Aug 9, 2016; 24(2): 324-331.
2 Peek, C.B., et al, “Circadian Clock NAD+ Cycle Drives Mitochondrial Oxidative Metabolism in Mice,” Science. Nov 1, 2013; 342(6158).
3 Akagi, R., et al, “Dysregulated circadian rhythm pathway in human osteoarthritis: NR1D1 and BMAL1 suppression alters TGF-β signaling in chondrocytes,” Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. Nov 22, 2016.
4 Landgraf, D., et al, “Genetic Disruption of Circadian Rhythms in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Causes Helplessness, Behavioral Despair, and Anxiety-like Behavior in Mice,” Biological Psychiatry. Dec 1, 2016; 80(11): 827-835.
5 “Bad Timing is Depressing: Disrupting the Brain’s Internal Clock Causes Depressive-Like Behavior in Mice,” University of California San Diego, via alphagalileo.org. Nov 29, 2016.
6 Jenwitheesuk, A., et al, “Melatonin Regulates Aging and Neurodegeneration through Energy Metabolism, Epigenetics, Autophagy and Circadian Rhythm Pathways,” Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014; 15(9): 16848-16884.
7 Chojnacki, C., et al, “Effects Of Fluoxetine And Melatonin On Mood, Sleep Quality And Body Mass Index In Postmenopausal Women,” Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. Oct 2015; 66(5).
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