A team of Swiss, German, and Canadian scientists have just discovered the circuit in the brain that is responsible for sleep and wakefulness.
And more importantly, how to use a “flashlight” to get a full night sleep.
The study was published it in the journal Nature Neuroscience at the end of 2015.
It is the best rest that humans can get.
The neurons that control your brain waves to slow down so you sleep are called GABA neurons. They are placed in your lateral hypothalamus.
If you want to get a good night sleep, you want the GABA neurons to be quiet, and if you want to wake up, you want them to be active.
This is precisely what the scientists did to the mice in their study, and what they hope to be able to do to us some day.
They used a new science called optogenetics to enable and disable these GABA neurons. Optogenetics is like a flashlight that controls the behavior of neurons from outside the skull. So no surgery, no invasion.
Other areas where they have applied it shut down the neurons that cause epileptic seizures and cause cocaine dependence, and to re-activate neurons that caused deafness.
Unfortunately, more research is needed for this treatment to be used for human beings. Primarily because optogenetics requires that neurons are fed a light-sensitive protein to make them sensitive to the lights used in the treatment.
But imagine how cool it will be to lie in a hospital for a few minutes while a doctor quiets down your GABA neurons with a flashlight so that you can get a full night’s sleep?
But you’ll probably not need that to get a good night sleep.
You can’t taste, smell, or see it.
But if you: live in a house painted before 1978, buy household objects painted in countries with poor safety standards, live near a busy road, live in an area with slightly older plumbing, use pewter kitchenware, eat canned, or live near a mine or metal factory, you may be exposed to a metal that interferes with your sleep.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania published the results of an interesting study in the December 2015 edition of the journal Sleep. The study shows that lead exposure causes insomnia in children up to 10 years after the initial exposure. It made them 2 to 3 times more likely than other children to suffer from insomnia and use sleeping pills.
And everything indicates lead affects adults in the same way.
To reach this conclusion, they analyzed the level of lead in 665 Chinese children’s blood in 2004 when they were around three to four years of age.
At the follow-up investigations when the kids were between nine and eleven years old, the researchers found that those who had the highest concentration of lead in their blood were also the ones that have the most difficulty going to sleep and staying asleep. Predictably, they were also found to suffer from the worst daytime sleepiness.
The concentration of lead in their blood was not even particularly high, with an average of 6.26 mcg/dL (micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood). Those with the concentration higher than 10 mcg/dL suffered the worst symptoms.
The National Library of Medicine has compiled a long list of peer-reviewed medical books that include insomnia as a symptom of lead poisoning, and most organizations that lobby for lead-free environments claim it to be a symptom. However, until now, no systematic studies with strong scientific controls have been conducted.
The new study is important because it sheds light on the conditions in which kids in vulnerable communities in developing countries grow up. It also draws our attention to the possibility that our insomniac kids may have been exposed to lead.
It is especially worthwhile to have a lead blood test performed if you live or work:
– In an old house with 1960s and 1970s lead paint
– near a busy road with masses of lead-fuel dust
– in an area with old lead-sealed plumbing
– near a mine
– as a firearms instructor or enthusiastic weapons collector
– in a battery factory
If you think you may have been exposed to lead, there are natural ways to clear your system. Chlorella, vitamin C, calcium, iron, iodine, selenium, and zinc supplements, together with a high-protein/low-fat diet, are some useful natural methods help prevent absorption so that your body can excrete the lead.
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Want to Get a Good Night Sleep? Can’t Sleep? Blame Your Parents
In a recent study, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University discovered that your parents are partly responsible for your insomnia.
In fact, you can possibly blame your parents for 50% of your insomnia suffering.
It happens in a different way than you may think, though, and we don’t actually want you to blame your parents. Because after all, it’s not their fault.
Insomnia seems to be a complex problem with a variety of causes. A research team at Virginia Commonwealth University has just added another one into the mix: genetic inheritance.
Their study is published in the September 2015 edition of the journal Sleep.
For environmental and health details, they consulted the Virginia Adult Twin Studies of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders, a database of 7,500 people, all born as part of twins. They then tracked the twins down and asked them to complete two surveys on insomnia symptoms over time.
With all this information available, they could calculate the extent to which genetics contributed to insomnia. After keeping environmental influences constant, they estimated that the heritability of insomnia was around 59 percent for women and 38 percent for men.
In other words, if you are an insomniac, the chance that you inherited your insomnia symptoms from your parents is 59 percent if you are female and 38 percent if you are male. To look at this differently, the chance that you will pass on your insomnia to your girl and boy children is 59 percent and 38 percent respectively.
If you like positive thinking – and don’t we all – you can hold onto the 41 and 62 percent role that environmental factors play in producing insomnia. Even better, the results of the study suggest you can change your inherited insomnia by manipulating your environment.
Before they put the raw data through a longitudinal model, which roughly involves generalizing from the collected adulthood insomnia scores to probable childhood insomnia scores, they found that insomnia was at most 25 percent inheritable, and that there was almost no difference between men and women.
What does this mean?
By the time you are an adult, you can manipulate your environment so much that there is only a 25 percent chance that you will struggle with inherited insomnia symptoms.
It also means that women are particularly brilliant at these environmental manipulations, as there is a much bigger inheritance for them to wipe out by the time they are adults.
The best news of the day is that you CAN overcome insomnia no matter what your genetic structure may be. Here is the simplest trick I know to fall asleep and sleep through the night, every single night of the year…
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