Nobel prizes reveal the importance of good sleep.
Three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries about the life cycles.
Their discoveries advanced our understanding of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.
These discoveries included advances on how our cells recycle their content, a process known as autophagy, a Greek term for “self-eating.” Disorders in autophagy is important in many diseases and in aging.
The research studied genes that control the rhythm of daily life. They peeked inside our biological clock, helping “explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth’s revolutions.”
The studies found that certain genes within cells create a protein that accumulates in cells at night, and then degrades during the day.
The decades long research revealed mechanisms that drive the cell’s clockwork.
Nobel Prize members noted:
“With exquisite precision, our inner clock adapts our physiology to the dramatically different phases of the day. The clock regulates critical functions such as behavior, hormone levels, sleep, body temperature and metabolism.”
The research also found that when the regulating gene mutated, the cell’s rhythm with nature is lost.
All organisms, including humans, operate on 24-hour rhythms that control sleep, wakefulness, blood pressure, heart rate, alertness, body temperature and even reaction time. When the genes work properly the body has the highest chances of natural good health.
The protein the genes create is call PER. PER accumulates at night and is blocked during the day. As the body eats PER during the day, the gene regains the ability to create more PER at night.
Their work was pivotal, the Nobel committee said, because the misalignment between a person’s lifestyle and the rhythm dictated by an inner timekeeper — jet lag after a trans-Atlantic flight, for example — could affect well-being and over time could contribute to the risks for various diseases.
Here is an Important Health Tip.
Numerous, ancient sciences of life, have long recognized the importance of our natural rhythms and use the “As Above, So Below” principle. Incorporate the cycles in your daily habits and routines to help keep your inner biological rhythms in tune with nature.
Here is a tip contained in one of my three Shamanic Natural Health Reports.
Break everyday into two sets of cycles that relate to our natural rhythms.
These cycles relate to our movement (air), our physical being (water) and our digestive sensory processes (fire).
The biggest meal of the day is lunch, eaten at noon.
Here is the essence of the ancient concepts that promote timing of the life cycle and are being confirmed by modern science:
2am to 6am: Air Cycle. This is time to start the wake up process. The mind is light, active and this is a good time to think, multi task and learn.
6am to 10am: Water Cycle. Strength is increased. This is a perfect time to do physical activity…(with no injuries and yet a better workout).
10am to 2pm: Fire Cycle. This is the time for digestion. High noon is the best time for the main meal of the day.
2pm to 6pm: Air Cycle. The mind is light and active again. Study and do mental work.
6pm to 10pm: Water Cycle. If you eat a heavy evening meal, this cycle will digest it. However if your evening meal is early and light, your digestive system will be ready to purify the pressures of the day. If the body does not have to digest a heavy meal, this second fire cycle acts like an oven cleaner and burns up stresses and toxicities gained during the day, thus insuring a body that is not overweight.
10pm to 2am: Fire Cycle. Best time for deepest sleep and a cleansing so we can start the wake up process and rise with a light and active body, mind and spirit.
These cycles are based on nature’s rhythm.
Live with these cycles and increase the odds of good health.
Integrate the tips when modern science confirms ancient health wisdom.
Have more energy.
And these tips are free!
Omega-3 is important to sleep, and cellular longevity.
Studies on sleep and omega-3s have shown that higher levels of omega-3s are associated with fewer sleep problems. DHA has also been linked to reduced severity of sleep apnea.
Research at Oxford University studied the effect of daily 600 mg DHA omega-3 supplementation (or placebo supplementation). After about four months of popping either fish oil pills or placebos. The subjects who took omega-3s slept nearly an hour longer each night, with fewer disturbances.
All kinds of evidence points to a connection between omega-3s and sleep, including the fact that omega-3s can reduce depression and anxiety, both core features in sleep problems.
Omega-3 does much more for longevity than just induce better sleep.
My friend Jim Vigue keeps me informed about Omega-3.
Jim is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practioners, a Holistic Health Coach and Board Certified in Alternative Medicine. He is also a former USA Baseball/Major League Players Association Coach of the Year and an award winning author. He has written on diverse subjects such as natural health, baseball, finance and menopause. He works with many professional and non professional athletes and his baseball book spoke out against steroids long before the condemnation was popular.
Dr. Jim told us: Our research shows that people who have the highest Omega-3 Index values appear to have the slowest rates of “cellular aging.”
He outlined how Omega 3s may be doing more than just helping longevity.
He wrote: If I could only take one supplement it would be a good omega-3 product.
When we designed our product we included vitamin D, the super anti oxidant astaxanthin and a proprietary anti oxidant blend along with the krill oil and calamarine oil.
This is a very powerful combination. When you compare a solid level of omega-3s in the blood to other interventions that delay the diseases of aging omega 3s come out first all the time.
The key is getting the blood level of omega-3s at a level that helps offset many of the diseases of aging including heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s, arthritis and even some cancers.
The fact is that if you can get your omega-3 index around 8% you will age at less than half the rate as those with an index of around 3%. The Japanese are the longest lived people in the industrialized world because they have one of the highest omega 3 index values in the world.
“No nutrient is more important for decreasing cardiovascular death – and more lacking – than omega-3.”
Bernadine Healy, MD Cardiologist and Past President of American Heart Association – Past Director of the NIH – Past Director of the Red Cross
Low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with higher rates of:
- Heart Disease, including:
- Sudden Cardiac Death (Primary Cardiac Arrest)
- Mortality from Congestive Heart Failure
- Mortality after heart attack
- 2nd Heart Attack
- 1st Heart Attack in those with High Triglycerides/Low HDL
- 2nd Stroke
- Cellular Aging
- Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)
- Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chronic Joint Swelling
- Prostate cancer.
In the USA and European Union, the average Omega-3 Index is 4-5%.
In Japan, the average diet is high in Omega-3 and the average Omega-3 Index is 9.5%.
In the USA, sudden cardiac death rates are about 20 times HIGHER than they are in Japan.
The importance of measuring your Omega-3 Index:
Dr. Jim designs and develops natural products for his own companies and for others. He first introduced his Athlete’s Best line of supplements to us nearly 6 years ago. His flagship product is his proprietary Premium Omega-3 Plus product.
He feels his omega plus formula is the number one supplement that people should be taking before anything else. It is a proprietary formula designed to offer the optimal amount of ingredients for maximum benefit. Dr. Jim’s formula contains the most effective amount of krill oil, astaxanthin, and DHA to achieve desired results.
Regular fish oil doesn’t create enough Omega 3 and has more contaminants and oxidizes quicker than what he has in his formula. Fish oil is obsolete and much better lipid results are achieved with Dr. Jim’s formulation.
And more research has come out on this since Bernadine Healy’s quote that shows cholesterol isn’t the culprit it has been made out to be.
The fact is that there really is nothing else better for overall health than a healthy omega index. Heart disease is one area of course where omega-3s are known to benefit. But there is also the fact that a healthy omega score slows down telomere reduction and cellular aging, limits cognitive decline and helps hold off Alzheimer’s and reduces overall inflammation levels in the body (thereby improving joint pain).
Inflammation is considered a major factor in all the diseases of aging and this product does a great job at reducing CRP (C-Reactive Protein)which is the major inflammation marker. Users of the Athlete’s Best formula have also shown increased levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and lower readings of both triglycerides and PSA scores.
This identical formula is being sold in gyms all over the country at much higher prices.
The cost per bottle cost is below $1.00 a day.
The price drops with multiple bottle orders and also includes free shipping which brings the cost per day even lower. Since it takes roughly 90 days for red blood cells to go through a complete cycle users really need to take the product(or any supplement for that matter) for at least 90 days to get the maximum benefit.
Longevity is connected to good sleep. The three foundations of good health are good nutrition, purposeful, enjoyable exercises and good sleep.
Good sleep is also related to longevity, so here’s a tip on how to have better sleep:
Our hounds Mah and Chuk.
Ever envy how a dog can sleep and think… “If only?” Well, it’s time to turn that covetousness into action because good sleep can help you think better and live longer.
Numerous scientific studies reflect the importance of sleep to longevity and provide some glimpses as to why we live longer when we sleep better.
Sleep is related to melatonin, and melatonin is believed to preserve the longevity protein sirtuin 1. Sirtuin-1, is a protein that in humans is encoded by the SIRT1 gene. The functions of human sirtuins have not yet been totally determined, but studies suggest that the human sirtuins are involved in intracellular regulation that have an impact on longevity.
A study published in Nature (1) says: Sirtuin activators mimic caloric restriction, delay ageing and promote the survival of human cells.
This study also suggests that resveratrol activates sirtuins.
Sleep gets involved because melatonin preserves the longevity protein, Sirtuin 1.
A published study at Wiley’s online library (2) explains how sirtuin in the hippocampus of total sleep-deprived rats helps and says: Sirtuin activating compounds (STACs) can promote the survival of human cells. Melatonin may serve as a novel therapeutic strategy directed for preventing the memory deficits resulting from TSD, possibly by effectively preserving the metabolic function and neuronal plasticity engaged in maintaining cognitive activity.
Perhaps the most convincing scientific study on longevity and sleep is shown in the report “Mammalian Sleep, Longevity, and Energy Metabolism” (3).
The abstract says: Based on data for 53 mammalian species reported sleep cycle length correlates positively with life span and brain weight and negatively with metabolic rate.
The food supplement ashwagandha can help promote sleep. Lifespa.com’s article “5 Reasons To Use Ashwagandha For Sleep” says:
Brain lymphatics drain three pounds of toxins each year during sleep. The worse you sleep, the less efficiently the brain drains, and the less the brain drains, the less likely you will get a good night’s sleep.
The article explains how stress inhibits sleep and how ashwagandha helps overcome stress and improve sleep. Here are three of the benefits of ashwaganda:
#1: Positively affect the neural receptors responsible for receiving GABA, an important neurotransmitter in reducing neuronal excitability.
#2: Helps stop blood sugar levels from crashing during sleep and optimizes the body’s ability to burn fat and provide long-lasting fuel reserves to sleep deeply through an entire night.
#3: Acts as an antioxidant in the brain and liver, which triggered a natural protective effect against heavy metal damage, shielding the body’s main blood- and lymph-cleansing organ.
This by the way also helps support healthy weight while under heavy stress. The report said:
In one study, 52 overweight adults were given ashwagandha or a placebo for 8 weeks. At 4 and 8 weeks, they gave the subjects the Perceived Stress Scale, Food Cravings Questionnaire Oxford Happiness Questionnaire, Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire and measured serum cortisol, body weight, and body mass index. The study showed positive outcomes on all counts, suggesting that ashwagandha root can be effectively used to combat stress and cravings, support mood and happiness, and support healthy body weight management in adults under heavy stress.
Isn’t it odd? Some people worry about sleeping their lives away when the reverse is true. Getting good sleep increases lifespan and makes the long lives we have, better too.
Reversatrol is one reason why I take a daily dose of the powdered food supplement Vitality Force. Vitality Force contains heart healthy L-Arginine, L-Citruline, 9 vitamins, CoQ10, astragin and reversatrol.