I wanted to title this post “The Big Sleep“, yet author Raymond Chandler and Detective Marlowe might take exception to my aggressive choice.
So, I’ll stick with out alphabet’s last letter, and dwell on invaluable power of deep restorative sleep to offset bad elder things (stroke, obesity, Alzheimers disease, heart attack).
Dr. Matthew Walker’s recent weekend WSJ article was definitely worth my read and re-read. I commend his good observations to you about the linkage between age and lessened sleep quality/quantity.
Right. Approaches and potential solutions to sleep disorders like sleep apneas are tough, yet the downside of letting sleepiness (Insomnia) or worse, sleep disorders, get ahead of us are worth the toughness of your regimen (in my opinion).
Pink noise, light therapy, CPAPS, melatonin, circadian rhythms (even before 2017 Nobel Prize awareness) – wow – so much written, and I don’t see a holy grail in my future. I don’t grasp the significance of this Nobel Prize for bodily circadian rhythms. Perhaps Detective Marlowe can sleuth the details and put in layman’s terms for me.
Recall that deep restorative sleep is such a key element (~ 1/3rd) of our basic metabolic rate (BMR) KCAl burn, that weight management is a solid reason to ZZZZ well.
Siestas? Nooners? Naps? Kips? Powernaps?
Try em if you can – as long as they are short (~15 minutes). Experts contend that naps partially offset general Americans’ sleep deprivation.
I hope you can, even as you age (which is Dr. Walker’s point – it gets harder, “by the time you are 70, you will have lost 80% to 90% of your youthful, restorative, deep sleep.”) Yet it is worth your try to get that sleep.
Sleep Doctors are standing by, or cat napping…
(thanks to cartoon stock).
Get tired, go off the grid, don’t snooze as a couch potato…find what can work for you.