You may remember that I've written about telomeres quite a bit in the past. Telomeres form the "tail" of your chromosomes. They act a little bit like the cap on your shoelace, keeping your DNA from unraveling. Every time your cells divide, your telomeres get just a little bit shorter. If this happens too much, your chromosome won't work anymore. So the longer your telomeres, the better shape your chromosomes are in. Telomere shortening is a major component of the aging process.
Now, your telomere length is very important. But I don't want you to lose sleep over it. In fact, new research shows that's one of the worst things you can do for your telomeres! Researchers conducted a study of a total of 126 participants ages 60 to 88. Of these participants, 45 suffered from insomnia. The rest were used as controls. The researchers compared telomere lengths among the two groups.
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For those who were in their 60s, there wasn't much difference in telomere length. But for the participants who were 70 and older, those who had insomnia had significantly shorter telomeres than those who were getting good sleep.
The researchers, who appropriately published their results in the journal Sleep, concluded that disturbed sleep may contribute to cellular aging, especially as we get older. Insomnia can exacerbate the aging process, making you vulnerable to diseases associated with shorter telomeres, including cancer and liver disease.
If you struggle with insomnia, particularly if you're over the age of 70, you must find a solution. However, don't take a sleeping pill. These drugs can be both dangerous and addictive.
Instead, try Advanced Bionutritionals Advanced Sleep Formula
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Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Carroll JE, Esquivel S, Goldberg A, Seeman TE, Effros RB, Dock J, Olmstead R, Breen EC, Irwin MR. "Insomnia and Telomere Length in Older Adults," Sleep. 2015 Dec 22. pii: sp-00415-15. [Epub ahead of print].