Why Do We Sleep?

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English: University of Rochester, NY, Meliora ...

English: University of Rochester, NY, Meliora statues outside of Rush Rhees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sleeping is so necessary for us. We fall asleep watching TV, in the park as well as in bed. If we don’t get enough we get cranky. Why is it so important. Scientists don’t know everything about sleep but at the University of Rochester, they have found one reason we sleep. It is to clear out the junk in our brains. This clean up is important for a fresh start each day.

We also know that lack of sleep can lead to health disorders, mood disorders and depression. Are you getting enough sleep?


Tart Cherries for a good Night’s sleep

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Dr Greger says eating tart cherries can help you sleep better. Melatonin  in cherries can cross from stomach to brain and help us relax and sleep. In older people melatonin drops off with age which might account for insomnia in elderly. Plants evolved with us and gave us the nutrients we need to live, and to be healthy and happy. Eat your fruits and vegetables. You can take the harsh way and eat supplements or the natural way and eat more fruits and vegetables. Change your diet and exercise more.

These mechanisms are epigenetic related. Nutrients from our food source enter different cell types and may cause an epigenetic reaction. “We really are What we Eat”!

The Bing cherry owes its development to the Ch...

The Bing cherry owes its development to the Chinese-American horticulturalist Ah Bing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)