For those that struggle with insomnia (or even with milder forms of “I just can’t sleep”), the list of solutions is slim and even dangerous. The most popular treatments are sleeping pills, but the negative impacts of sleeping pills don’t seem to have been widely publicized.
Currently, sleeping pills do not have the ability to naturally imitate sleep. Instead, they more closely resemble a sedative rather than mimicking natural sleep patterns. Put more simply: when people use sleeping pills, they aren’t getting any of the necessary restorative benefits of sleep. And to go one step further: sleeping pills are tied with earlier death across the board.
So where does that leave a bleary-eyed sleeper in the middle
It’s an unfortunate but nearly universal fact that as we age, we become a little less…um…what’s the word we’re looking for… quick. Or, as our slowed synapses might have it, the brain don’t work so good no more. This is nothing to get down on yourself for—deficits in cognitive performance are a universal consequence of the aging process. It can start from as early as 45 years old, and its myriad forms—cognitive decline, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease—stem from the same basic condition: age. Like your skin and your bones, your brain gradually becomes weaker over time, and things like learning new skills, retaining memories, and using language become
It’s probably the most widely used sleep supplement available, and at about five bucks for a month’s supply, it’s our pick for cheapest. But tales of overuse and unusual side effects make melatonin a not-so-straightforward choice. Here, we’ll clear up a few things—plus share some lesser-known facts about this ubiquitous sleep remedy.
It doesn’t just come in pill form.
Melatonin can be taken in tablets, capsules, liquid, and even in patches that transfer the hormone via your skin.
And you can get melatonin from your food.
Few foods actually contain melatonin
Insulin is the kind of word that everyone has heard and few people understand, but it’s critically important for everybody on Earth. Insulin affects how well your body absorbs nutrients, how it processes carbohydrates, and plays a major role in your body fat—both how much you have and how easily you can lose it. Since your body fat has a real effect on your inflammation and risk of chronic disease, how you manage your insulin is significant not only with regard to your diabetes risk, but the quality and length of your life.
And yes, sleep has an enormous impact on your insulin.