There are a million products on the market to help combat the effects of aging. From nutritional supplements to wrinkle creams, there’s a quick-fix solution for virtually all aspects of the aging process.
Yet there’s one simple thing that can counteract even the most expensive anti-aging treatments – namely, not sleeping well.
In fact, there are a number of sleeping habits that not only hurt your health and energy levels in the short term, but which can actually speed up the aging process on both a mental and physical level.
Do you want to be at your vibrant best, and even remain young at heart for the long term? Make sure you’re not partaking in these habits which can actually make you look, feel, and even act much older.
Getting enough sleep is essential for looking and feeling young, (there’s a reason it’s called “beauty sleep” after all). But too much sleep or an irregular sleep schedule can actually reverse these effects, especially when it comes to cognitive functions.
Snoozing past your regular wake-up time can have a negative effect on your memory. And people who sleep for more than 9-10 hours per night actually have a higher risk of progressive diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s compared with folks who sleep an average of 7-9 hours per night.
So enjoy your sleep, but don’t enjoy it too much. Keeping a steady sleep schedule will ensure that your brain and mental capacities are operating at peak performance.
Do you wake up multiple times per night due to a snoring partner, noisy neighbor, bathroom trips, or other interruptions?
People who have regular interruptions in their sleep have a higher risk of cognitive decline than those who sleep soundly. In addition, they tend to have reduced energy levels and a higher risk of long-term health problems, such as heart disease.
Letting your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) go untreated will speed up all aspects of the aging process, and by quite a lot!
Undiagnosed and untended OSA leads to a much higher risk of heart-related conditions including: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart attack. And it also leads to a higher risk of cognitive decline via conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Having OSA changes your physical appearance as well. Your body is unable to restore and regenerate cells when your brain is constantly active throughout the night.
Everyone wants to look and feel as young as possible, and with a good night’s rest, this feat is much easier to achieve. So skip the expensive products in the beauty and nutritional aisles, and focus on curbing any bad sleep habits instead.
By focusing on the quality and quantity of your sleep – and taking steps accordingly to curtail any sleep-related issues – you’ll naturally stay and even look young for years to come.
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