Have you ever noticed, as you get older, it gets harder to fall asleep… and stay asleep? There’s a reason for this… and there’s also a simple solution. And I’m going to give you both here in this blog post.
The Reason: A Sleep Pattern Change
Healthy sleep patterns should mix between light and deep sleep. And when you’re young, that’s exactly what they do. As you get older, though, you start spending more time in the “lighter” stages than you do in restful, deep sleep. 1
It happens to the best of us… including me!
And if you’re anything like me, it causes you to feel groggy and heavy-eyed the next day. What’s worse, these sleep issues contribute to an even bigger “age-related” dilemma:
Losing your keys when you just put them down?
Forgetting someone’s name when you’ve met them several times?
Getting up to get something… and not remembering what you got up for?
When you’re not sleeping as deep, these things tend to happen more frequently…Thankfully, though, there’s something you can do to about it. And no, it doesn’t involve medications, either (although I do like melatonin on a limited-use basis, such as dealing with jet lag)…
The Solution: Pink Noise
I’m sure you’ve heard of white noise before, right? You know those calm, ambient sounds — like a spinning house fan or the static from your TV…
Well, think of pink noise as sounding like the rush of a waterfall.
You see, new research is showing just how beneficial pink noise can be to your overall health and wellbeing. In a landmark study, researchers had volunteers over the age of 60 sleep one night while listening to pink noise and another night without any noise. 2
And then each morning, they were asked to complete a memory test.
Now, take a guess which night produced more “deep sleep” and a whopping 30% higher score on the memory test…That’s right, the night spent listening to pink noise during sleep.
So, not only does pink noise help you drift off easier and stay asleep… it also has some amazing memory-boosting qualities as well!
One of the study authors, Dr. Phyllis Zee, had this to say:
“This is an innovative, simple and safe non-medication approach that may help improve brain health. This is a potential tool for enhancing memory in older populations and attenuating normal age-related memory decline.” ~Dr. Phyllis Zee, Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
So, there you have it.
Pink noise will help you sleep better, feel fresher, and think clearer.
And the best part? You can use this technique without spending any money at all. As a matter of fact, here’s a free site I often use:
Trust me… you’ll sleep like a baby, and you won’t forget where you left those car keys as easily. 🙂
Looking out for you,
Steven Gundry, MD
P.S. You know I love hearing from you. So, after giving pink noise a try, simply comment in the section below and let me know how it went for you.
2. Papalambros NA, Santostasi G, Malian RG, Braun R, Weintraub S, Paller KA, Zee PC. Acoustic Enhancement of Sleep Slow Oscillations and Concomitant Memory Improvement in Older Adults. Front. Hum. Neurosci. March 8, 2017. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00109