The New Scientist published an article a few weeks ago called How to keep your brain blooming. It’s written by by James Goodwin, someone who knows a lot about brains.Continue reading “Blooming brain”
Hot off the research press is a journal article with a self-explanatory title: Effects of exercise on sleep in neurodegenerative disease.
It starts by summarising the main things that affect sleep in people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases as being:
- damage to the sleep-wake system in the brain, that affects the circadian rhythm and disrupts normal sleeping and waking patterns; and
- “secondary mechanisms” which include a raft of things like medication side effects, having to get up to the toilet during the night, poor sleep “hygiene”, sleep-related breathing disorders, and the environment in which you try to sleep.
Matthew Walker’s book Why We Sleep is a very good read. He writes beautifully and with well-argued clarity.
Prof Walker gives very compelling evidence that sleep is not an optional human behaviour – that if we want to live well and live long, then ensuring a good night’s sleep (every night and without drugs) will make that more possible.Continue reading “Sleep”
Al has Parkinson’s and he started using a two-wavelength Duo Coronet in July last year, once daily in the morning.
I had an email from Al the other day, and I have his permission to quote his very interesting comments.
‘If I miss a day session, there is a gradual change in me. Bad dreams come back, my tolerance level goes way down and my lethargy goes way up.’Continue reading “Three days”
I can understand the skepticism about the biological effect of red lights, because that’s where I started from. It seemed too good to be true. However, there is a wealth of excellent quality research out there, and the evidence is compelling that red and near infrared lights protect existing neurones, and can stimulate new neurones to be created, stimulate blood vessels to increase connections- neuroprotection, neurogenesis and angiogenesis.Continue reading “It really does work…”