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How sleeping can give you brain damage

If you’re prone to snoring, I’ve got some bad news for you today.

It’s not just driving your wife nuts. It could be the surest sign yet that you might have the deadliest sleep disorder of all: sleep apnea.

That’s when you literally stop breathing in between snores — and it could lead to everything from heart attack to Alzheimer’s disease.

Those are long-term risks. But if I’ve learned anything about people, it’s that most don’t give a hoot about something that might happen in 10, 20, 30 years or not at all.

So let’s look instead at what’s happening RIGHT NOW, because new research shows how this condition can do real and immediate damage inside your brain, screwing with delicate chemical balances in there.

Specifically, apnea will cause your levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, aka GABA, to plunge… while your glutamate levels will jump.

It’s a recipe for disaster, because GABA helps to keep you calm and on the level, while glutamate activates your brain’s stress center.

In practical terms, the means apnea could mess with your mood — making you prone to snapping and lashing out — and boost your stress levels until you’re ready to burst. It could even screw with your body’s ability to control some basics, like your blood pressure levels or even how much you sweat.

Yes, my friend, you don’t want to spend one night with this condition…much less live with it for years… but too many people are unknowingly doing just that.

They’re fighting a silent war with apnea every single night, and most of them don’t even know it.

If your wife is complaining about your snoring, that’s one warning sign — especially if your snores are following by those short periods of total silence.

Other warning signs include not feeling rested in the morning, waking up with a headache and/or sore throat, and starting to crash in the middle of the day.

But ultimately, you could have exactly none of those symptoms and still be suffering in silence from this brain-rotting disorder.

If you’re overweight or obese and snore, your doc can put you in a sleep clinic for a night or two where they can monitor you and figure out what’s going on. But why bother?

Whether your have apnea or not, you know what you’ve gotta do. Drop the pounds and the condition will vanish (and if you don’t have it yet, you’ll stop it from kicking in).

Along with saving your brain, a little weight loss can protect everything from your heart to your knees and help cut your risk of developing diabetes.

I’ll have more tomorrow on a quick way to control your appetite so you can lose weight, so keep an eye on your inbox. Whether you have apnea or not, you won’t want to miss this one!

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