Better Sleep + Less Stress = Better Brain

We all want less stress and better sleep--but did you know that this can also benefit your brain?  

 

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We know relaxation and restorative sleep are good for us—but did you know that is also important for good brain health? Stress causes the release of a hormone called cortisol, which can be helpful in a short term stressful situation (think “fight or flight”). But over a long period of time, such as for people under chronic stress, raised levels of cortisol can damage brain cells.  

Stress causes damage, illness, pain and death unless it is effectively attended to. Whether you’re experiencing the garden-variety bout of co-worker induced irritation, or you’re suffering from a more visceral issue like a heart problem or chronic pain, one thing is for certain – you need to help yourself relax! Thankfully, there are all kinds of methods to counteract the stressors life throws at us with relaxation techniques.   

Staying Sharp examines techniques that can help provide relief for all kinds of stress-inducing health issues: anxiety attacks, sleeplessness, breathing problems, chronic pain, or losing a loved one. The best relaxation technique is the one that resonates with you personally. 

Remember, AARP members get relaxation techniques with Staying Sharp.

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