Inhaler for insomniacs? Inventor of cannabis inhaler says users wake up refreshed

No matter what timezone you’re in, each night millions of people struggle with insomnia. However, ICANSLEEP, a cannabis inhaler, can be the answer to this sleep disorder.

The product, which looks like an inhaler, can allegedly help you fall asleep in 10 minutes or less, claims the ICANSLEEP’s inventor. When used, the cannabis inhaler will squirt “a dose of the drug into the lungs,” and this will be enough to induce a sedative effect that will not make users feel the high often associated with marijuana use. (Related: Cannabis innovators set out to map the marijuana genome: new information could prevent the sale of falsely advertised bud.)

Based on the test results, researchers shared that insomniacs will only need one dose from the ICANsleep inhaler to fall asleep. The participants also claimed that after using the product, they “woke up refreshed” and that it didn’t have any negative side-effects. ICANsleep looks like an asthma inhaler and has an estimated price of 100 British Pounds ($132).

Take note that the product will only be available in Israel and California by next year, pending further trials. ICANSLEEP’s manufacturers are keeping their fingers crossed that they can convince the U.K.’s drug watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), to approve it for legal use.

Insomnia sufferers, which make up about a third of the adult population in the U.K., will benefit greatly once the cannabis inhaler is made publicly available. Aside from fatigue, sleeping problems like insomnia are often linked to a higher risk of being diagnosed with health concerns like depression, diabetes, heart attack, obesity, and stroke. The sleep disorder will also shorten your life expectancy.

ICANSLEEP was developed by Israeli researchers who came up with a device which turns cannabis into a vapor. The cannabis inhaler was specifically “designed to contain less than a quarter of the amount of [tetrahydrocannabinol] THC,” which is the main psychoactive chemical that make users “high”.

Based on animal tests, the inhaler took effect in 10 minutes or less. ICAN, the Israeli firm which makes the inhaler, reassured concerned citizens that the gadget is not addictive and is safe to use. In an interview with The Sun, ICAN founder Saul Kaye shared, “Insomnia is mostly an anxiety disorder and cannabis can be very effective at reducing anxiety.” He continued, “Also, it does not leave you feeling like you have a hangover.”

Investor William Levine of CannRx added, “You take a puff or two depending on the dosage and in ten minutes you will be drowsy enough to sleep.” But Dr. Neil Stanley, former head of sleep research at Surrey University, warned the publication that “the jury is still out on cannabis” and further research was necessary before ICANSLEEP shows up on store shelves.

Last month, the manufacturers of the product held CannaTechUK in London. The event was the U.K.’s first-ever cannabis medical conference, and it was organized to inform the public and encourage debates about the issue of medical marijuana use and products like ICANSLEEP. Kaye commented, “The MRHA and regulators are starting to see the need for better regulation that reflects the current social and medical status of cannabis, yet they are moving slower than pretty much everyone else out there.”

He concluded, “Interest from U.K. investors in the sector is at an all-time high. Mothers are outraged over the lack of access to products for epilepsy, pain, and cancer treatments. As we have seen in other countries this is one of the biggest drivers towards better access for patients.”

While waiting for ICANSLEEP’s pending approval, here are some benefits that you can enjoy if you use cannabis to help manage your sleeping problems:

You can learn more about medical marijuana and other natural cures at CannabisCures.news.

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Is being overweight ALWAYS unhealthy? Scientists discover the answer depends on to how efficiently the body breaks down and stores fat

A recent study proves that your weight doesn’t indicate your health. This is not — and we need to emphasize this — an excuse to overeat or snack on junk food. However, scientists are concluding that what is more important to overall health is how efficiently the body breaks down and stores fat rather than actual weight. 

Despite the paradoxical nature of the concept, in the study of obesity, it’s often the overweight people who can break down fat at a high rate. These obese individuals are considered less healthy than other who can store their body fat more effectively. When fat breaks down, a lot of the fatty acids released from the adipose tissue, or body fat, goes elsewhere in the body.

When this happens more than is necessary, the fat can accumulate to harmful levels in other tissues and organs. This excess fat will fuel insulin resistance, which is a hallmark of type-2 diabetes and heart disease. (Related: Fat Loss vs. Weight Loss: What Every Dieter Needs to Know.)

Two studies from the University of Michigan helped isolated key characteristics in fat tissue that can help obese adults store their body fat via a healthier way. Jeffrey Horowitz, principal investigator and professor of movement science at the U-M School of Kinesiology, shared that the studies also prove that aerobic exercise can contribute to healthier fat storage.

A lot of obese individuals often develop insulin resistance, and this can lead to type-2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. But Horowitz et al. determined that at least one-third of the 30 obese adults in their study didn’t develop insulin resistance.

The study looked at adipose tissue samples from the participants, which showed that the healthier group broke down fat at slower rates. The healthier participants also had fewer proteins used in fat breakdown and were more involved in fat-storing, whereas obese individuals had fewer fibrotic cells in the adipose tissue. These cells allows tissue to be more flexible, and they helped lower the activation of certain inflammatory pathways.

Horowitz explained that while the findings seem “counterintuitive,” further study can help the researchers learn more about how people can store fat more effectively. The findings can also be used to study “why some people are better at this than others.” He added that the results can be used to “design therapies and preventions that will improve some of these obesity-related metabolic conditions.”

For the second study, the researchers collected fat tissue after two groups of overweight people underwent a session of aerobic exercise. One group exercised regularly while the other group didn’t. In both groups, even a single session of exercise set off signals that caused the growth of new blood vessels in fat tissue.

The scientists also took note of indications that those who exercised regularly had more blood vessels in their fat tissue compared to the non-exercisers. This is significant since the health of most tissues are often connected to blood flow and nutrients, stated Horowitz.

As we gain weight, our fat cells expand. But if blood flow to fat tissue doesn’t increase at the same time, it might become unhealthy or, eventually, necrotic. Horowitz cautioned that the two studies are relevant because the data can be used to help obese people who are at risk for metabolic disease.

Horowitz advised that with regular exercise, people can foster a “healthier fat-storing environment” even if they occasionally overeat and gain weight. He added that both studies also championed the notion that clinicians can benefit from redefining their ingrained perception of fat.

Horowitz elaborated, “Adipose tissue is scorned because most people see it as causing disease and obesity, but in general adipose tissue doesn’t cause people to gain weight and become obese, it’s just where we store our extra energy when we do overeat… Our studies aren’t suggesting it is healthy to be obese or to overeat — but when we do overeat, it is important to have a safe place to store that extra energy.” He concluded, “When people gain the same amount of body fat, those with adaptations to their fat tissue that can more healthfully accommodate the extra fat may be protected from developing insulin resistance and obesity-related diseases. We have identified some of these adaptations.”

If you want to stay in shape to maintain a healthy fat-storing environment in your body, try out these low-impact exercises:

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What are you smoking? Study shows 70% of cannabidiol extracts are mislabeled

Cannabidiol (CBD) extract is growing in popularity thanks to the benefits it offers to people with certain health conditions. In fact, the market for CBD products is expected to exceed $2 billion in sales to consumers in the next three years alone. Unfortunately, any time there’s a hot product on the market, unscrupulous businesspeople will take advantage of the situation and try to sell people inferior or downright fraudulent products. Even those who want to provide an honest product are sometimes hampered by incorrect lab results.

Naturally occurring in the cannabis plant, CBD is gaining a lot of attention because of its therapeutic effects for a range of illnesses, including chronic pain, epilepsy, inflammation, depression and rare seizure disorders in children. It has the added benefit of not giving people that “high” feeling that comes from smoking marijuana and is not habit-forming.

Inadequate regulation is a big problem with CBD given the fact that it is currently considered a Schedule 1 controlled dangerous substance at the federal level even though it has been legalized for medicinal purposes in several states. This has created a big online market for CBD products that don’t live up to their promises.

A new study carried out by Penn Medicine and published in JAMA discovered that an incredible seven out of every ten CBD products sold online are over-labeled or under-labeled, both of which have the potential to cause serious harm to those who use them.

The study’s lead author, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller, points out that the fact that the product is not legal at the federal level means FDA quality oversight isn’t possible. Consumers therefore have no way of knowing just what is in the bottle when they buy these oils – a particularly risky situation when the product is being given to sick children.

Over the course of a month, Bonn-Miller and his research team bought and analyzed 84 CBD products from 31 companies. They found that over 42 percent of the products were actually under-labeled, which means they contained more CBD than the packaging indicated. Meanwhile, more than a quarter of them were over-labeled, which means they had a lower CBD concentration than their label stated.

Just 30 percent of the CBD products studied had a CBD content that was within ten percent of the amount stated on the label of the product.

Some product types were more prone to accuracy errors than others. For example, while just half of the CBD oils were labeled incorrectly overall, nearly 90 percent of vaporization liquids bore incorrect labels. Tinctures had an equal likelihood of being under-labeled, over-labeled or accurate.

This inaccurate information could affect a person’s treatment, and it also makes it difficult for consumers who buy different products to get reliable results. Not getting enough for it to be effective means people with problems like pain, anxiety and epilepsy could be suffering needlessly. On top of that, the researchers found that 18 of the products had significant amounts of THC, which many people who turn to CBD are hoping to avoid as it is associated with the “high” of cannabis and could create a positive result on a drug test.

Bonn-Miller has found similar discrepancies in the labeling accuracy of edible medical cannabis products in the past, and he is hoping that something will be done about this problem.

This finding, while disturbing, is nothing new. Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, found a similarly troubling trend when testing CBD products in his ISO 17025-accredited CWC Labs. In one case, he found a prominent hemp extract manufacturer claiming a product had a CBD content that was 500 percent higher than it actually was. Adams routinely tests and certifies the CBD content of a CBD product brand called Native Hemp Solutions.

Unfortunately, until more brands use reliable testing methods like mass spec time-of-flight analysis and more regulations are put in place to encourage more honest labeling, this problem seems unlikely to go away.

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Toxic proteins that cause Alzheimer’s can develop in your liver and kidneys, then migrate to the brain like cancer, shocking new study finds

No one really knows what causes Alzheimer’s, but recent studies on the disease are promising. Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada have discovered that Alzheimer’s-causing proteins can be formed in the liver and the kidneys, and then transported to the brain through the blood.

These toxic proteins, known as beta-amyloids, form clumps or plaques that destroy brain cells, causing memory loss and confusion. It is known to be produced by blood platelets, blood vessels, and muscles. Scientists recently discovered that these protein cells have the ability to be transported by the blood to the grey matter found in the brain, causing Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia.

This discovery provides a favorable direction to new methods of dealing with the neurodegenerative illness long before its symptoms take hold of the individual. Researchers are looking to develop drugs that stop or slow the disease before it gets to the brain. Unfortunately, majority of the drugs created to combat mental and other internal diseases prove to be ineffective and dangerous, given its many side effects.

The group of researchers, led by author and psychiatrist Professor Weihong Song, suggested that kidney dialysis may help remove the rogue proteins before it reaches the brain. However, due to the lack of studies, there is no concrete evidence that it will work. Laboratory experiments have provided proof that these beta-amyloids can be transferred through the blood. This experiment, called parabiosis, involved surgically joining two laboratory animals so they shared the same blood supply. Of these two subjects, one was healthy, and the other had Alzheimer’s. Results showed that the healthy subject “contracted” Alzheimer’s: the brain showed formations of tangled protein strands that disrupted normal bodily functions. The laboratory subjects died just a few months after diagnosis of the disease. Unnatural as it may be, it helped pave the way to understanding the abilities of beta-amyloids without testing human beings.

According to neurologist Professor Yan-Jiang Wang, the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a semi-permeable membrane that separates blood from the brain, weakens as we age, thus allowing these beta-amyloids entry to our brain. Beta-amyloids that enter the brain induces deficits in the functionality of neurons, resulting in dementia-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s. Around 850,000 people in the U.K. and 5.5 million people in the U.S. have dementia. Researchers predict it to double around the year 2050 because of the aging population.

There are supplements and medications currently available in the market that claim to help reduce the likeliness of developing Alzheimer’s. However, these supplements are not effective. Souvenaid, made by the company Nutricia, is no better than placebo, according to some clinical trials on people with Alzheimer’s. Dr David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer at the Alzheimer’s Research UK, reminds people that health can be achieved through a proper diet. He also warns people to avoid rushing to buy supplements with claims that have no scientific basis.

Like any other disease in the body, it is possible to avoid developing brain issues like Alzheimer’s through proper nutrition. Food is better than the medicines developed by companies that only want to make money out of human maladies. Aside from food, your lifestyle decisions are also important. Choosing to follow your circadian cycle helps your body regenerate after a long day. Keeping fit and engaging in regular physical activities reduces the time you spend sitting or lying down, and having a sedentary lifestyle. Taking great steps to overall well-being will reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s, as well as other diseases.

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The holidays are approaching, preppers — don’t let up on your fitness goals

For most people the holiday season brings lots of family face time, joy and happiness, but also no shortage of bad foods that taste far too good and, thus, are generally over-consumed, leaving us feeling miserable and hefty.

As those holidays approach, however, now is not the time for preppers to lose sight of their year-round goal of remaining fit enough to fight if you have to. So in that vein, I wanted to offer you a little health and fitness reinforcement by reminding you what we’re up against.

Every year we grow older, it becomes just a little more difficult to stay in peak condition. Plus, our conditioning suffers seasonal setbacks as well when we find little motivation to hit the gym or take in a run because it’s ‘too cold’ outside.

But what’s the alternative for a prepper who’s serious about being able to endure the physical challenge a collapsing society will present? As you are aware, we can’t know when society will fall or what will actually trigger it. As such, it’s important to fight the urge during the holidays to allow colder weather and bad diets to ruin the gains we’ve made the previous year.

So here’s what you need to do in order to ensure maximum fitness throughout the holiday season and the coming year, in order to be fit to fight:

— Reward yourself for hitting the gym or the great outdoors (hikes are great in any weather — but wear your bug-out bag when you go) for an extreme fitness workout. That could be anything from allowing yourself to buy that special piece of gear you’ve been eying all year, to taking a short vacation or even giving yourself a short break from the workouts (but don’t make it more than a couple days).

— Change up your routines so that boredom doesn’t set in. Boredom, combined with unhealthy eating and colder temperatures are powerful forces that can prevent you from making the decision to hit the gym or the great outdoors. But if your workouts remain fresh and newish, they will hold your interest much more and actually motivate you to get them done.

Along those lines, I’ve just started a new workout regimen called “100s.” You pick a particular body part (bi’s and tri’s, legs, back, etc.) and do each exercise for 100 reps without stopping. Naturally, you’re going to have to use much lighter weight, but you’re going to get a max pump and really improve your endurance and muscle stamina. Granted, even with lighter weight you may not be able to do 100 reps without stopping for a few seconds, but the main thing is to try. You won’t believe your results. (Related: This Back-Blasting Extreme Workout Will Build Muscle AND Endurance.)

— Set new goals for the holidays that you’ve not set for yourself before. If you’re into some strength training, see if you can bump up your maximum bench press, for example, over the next several weeks. Or maybe see if you can quicken your sprint or sprint farther. Perhaps you can see how far you can flip a big tractor tire. Or see if you can surpass 100 reps in the “100s” challenge.

— Get a workout crew together so that you can motivate each other to go to the gym. Many times if you know you have to meet people for a workout, that is more than enough to get you off the couch, away from the turkey and dressing, and out into the cold en route to the gym.

As for the kinds of exercises you can do, I lay out several in my free e-book, “Fit to Fight: A Prepper’s Guide to Extreme Fitness for All Ages.” I’ve done every one of them many times and I have to say I’m in the best shape of my life at this point.

Like you, I’m always more tempted during the holidays to slack off my fitness goals. But as preppers who don’t know when or how stuff will hit the fan, we always have to be ready for any eventuality, especially this time of year when it’s so easy to be distracted.

J.D. Heyes is editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.

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The holidays are approaching, preppers — don’t let up on your fitness goals

For most people the holiday season brings lots of family face time, joy and happiness, but also no shortage of bad foods that taste far too good and, thus, are generally over-consumed, leaving us feeling miserable and hefty.

As those holidays approach, however, now is not the time for preppers to lose sight of their year-round goal of remaining fit enough to fight if you have to. So in that vein, I wanted to offer you a little health and fitness reinforcement by reminding you what we’re up against.

Every year we grow older, it becomes just a little more difficult to stay in peak condition. Plus, our conditioning suffers seasonal setbacks as well when we find little motivation to hit the gym or take in a run because it’s ‘too cold’ outside.

But what’s the alternative for a prepper who’s serious about being able to endure the physical challenge a collapsing society will present? As you are aware, we can’t know when society will fall or what will actually trigger it. As such, it’s important to fight the urge during the holidays to allow colder weather and bad diets to ruin the gains we’ve made the previous year.

So here’s what you need to do in order to ensure maximum fitness throughout the holiday season and the coming year, in order to be fit to fight:

— Reward yourself for hitting the gym or the great outdoors (hikes are great in any weather — but wear your bug-out bag when you go) for an extreme fitness workout. That could be anything from allowing yourself to buy that special piece of gear you’ve been eying all year, to taking a short vacation or even giving yourself a short break from the workouts (but don’t make it more than a couple days).

— Change up your routines so that boredom doesn’t set in. Boredom, combined with unhealthy eating and colder temperatures are powerful forces that can prevent you from making the decision to hit the gym or the great outdoors. But if your workouts remain fresh and newish, they will hold your interest much more and actually motivate you to get them done.

Along those lines, I’ve just started a new workout regimen called “100s.” You pick a particular body part (bi’s and tri’s, legs, back, etc.) and do each exercise for 100 reps without stopping. Naturally, you’re going to have to use much lighter weight, but you’re going to get a max pump and really improve your endurance and muscle stamina. Granted, even with lighter weight you may not be able to do 100 reps without stopping for a few seconds, but the main thing is to try. You won’t believe your results. (Related: This Back-Blasting Extreme Workout Will Build Muscle AND Endurance.)

— Set new goals for the holidays that you’ve not set for yourself before. If you’re into some strength training, see if you can bump up your maximum bench press, for example, over the next several weeks. Or maybe see if you can quicken your sprint or sprint farther. Perhaps you can see how far you can flip a big tractor tire. Or see if you can surpass 100 reps in the “100s” challenge.

— Get a workout crew together so that you can motivate each other to go to the gym. Many times if you know you have to meet people for a workout, that is more than enough to get you off the couch, away from the turkey and dressing, and out into the cold en route to the gym.

As for the kinds of exercises you can do, I lay out several in my free e-book, “Fit to Fight: A Prepper’s Guide to Extreme Fitness for All Ages.” I’ve done every one of them many times and I have to say I’m in the best shape of my life at this point.

Like you, I’m always more tempted during the holidays to slack off my fitness goals. But as preppers who don’t know when or how stuff will hit the fan, we always have to be ready for any eventuality, especially this time of year when it’s so easy to be distracted.

J.D. Heyes is editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.

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Start fighting obesity tomorrow with this simple, easy step: Drink only water with your meals

Losing weight can be an arduous process, yet there’s one simple habit that can make it easier. Instead of accompanying your meals with shakes and juices, opt for plain water.

This is what helped over 1,200 elementary and middle school students in New York City shed some unwanted pounds over the course of a five-year pilot program. The placement of water dispensers in the cafeterias not only led to tripled water intake during lunchtime, but also helped the students lose small but significant amounts of weight.

“The nutrition profile doesn’t change much when people increase their plain-water intake, but we do see a significant drop in their saturated fat and sugar intake,” said University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An, who conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the program. Though the children consumed less milk, An stated that this wouldn’t pose any major nutritional hazards. (Related: Don’t Become Your Own Worst Enemy During Your Weight Loss Journey.)

“While there might potentially be some problems if children consume less whole milk, I would say those are probably minor in comparison with the costs associated with the skyrocketing rates of childhood overweight and obesity in the U.S.,” An explained.

And far from only benefiting children, drinking solely water with your meals is good for adults too. An himself performed a previous study on the effects of greater water intake among adults, and found that there was little evidence of any adverse nutritional side effects,.

Really though, it’s not at all that surprising that the students under the program lost weight. Water has been proven to aid in weight loss efforts in a number of ways, and according to Healthline.com, these are some of them:

To enjoy these amazing health benefits, make it a point follow the recommended intake of four to eight glasses, or one to two liters, of water a day. This is a general guideline, however. You may need more water than other people, or you could be one of those people who can do with a little less. Just be sure to drink water whenever you feel thirsty, as ignoring this urge can cause you to become dehydrated. Even mild dehydration can cause you to reach for food or experience a headache, neither of which are good for you. The same can’t be said of water, which is definitely something you should have everyday.

Get more holistic weight loss tips, tricks, and advice by visiting Slender.news today.

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Company maps cannabis genome to protect marijuana from Monsanto

There is an urban legend that has been floating around on the Internet for several years now, that Monsanto either has obtained or is working towards obtaining a patent for a genetically modified strain of cannabis. Monsanto’s own website vehemently denies this, stating categorically, “Monsanto has not and is not working on GMO marijuana. This allegation is an Internet rumor.” While the naïve among us might choose to take them at their word, those who are more familiar with Monsanto’s tactics know not to believe a thing they say. Just think about how vehemently they deny any link between cancer and glyphosate, the main ingredient in their Roundup weed killer. Even a damning report by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, declaring glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans,” has not made them change their tune.

With 26 states and the District of Columbia having legalized medical marijuana, and seven states legally allowing even recreational use, it is not surprising that many companies and individuals have been eager to jump on the marijuana bandwagon. And for those who dig a little deeper, there are definite links between Monsanto and the burgeoning cannabis market. Mint Press News reports that Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., the exclusive marketer of Roundup in North America, has expressed serious interest in the distribution of the green stuff.

“I want to target the pot market,” said Jim Hagedorn, Scotts Miracle-Grow’s CEO. “There’s no good reason we haven’t.”

Monsanto has spent billions on the development of new agricultural technologies, including $1 billion on the purchase of an agri-tech startup called Climate Corp. It stands to reason, then, that they would be keen to get in on the marijuana market, where even small time operators have been making an absolute fortune.

It’s such an obvious money-spinner, that even Snoop Dogg is getting in on the action by launching a fund for the development of marijuana startup companies.

Fortunately for those who are aware of the myriad health benefits of marijuana, and are desperate to see it remain out of the clutches of Big Agri companies like Monsanto and Syngenta, an Oregon-based research and diagnostic company called Phylos Bioscience has made it their business to sequence the DNA of cannabis. [RELATED: Could marijuana be the cure for cancer?]

The company, which operates out of the federally-funded Oregon Health and Science University, and therefore only handles DNA samples rather than the plant itself, has spent the last two years collecting samples from around the world. This has allowed them to sequence the plant’s DNA and to develop 3-D software and an interactive guide called Galaxy to make the data come alive.

“Sample collection was a huge part of this process,” said Carolyn White, sales and marketing manager at Phylos. “One side was a collaboration with growers, dispensaries and labs to collect modern samples, and the other a process of hunting down ancient landrace strains from all over the world.”

The company offers far more than just simple identification or cataloging of marijuana strains, and is the only entity to offer actual DNA sequencing. Dr. Mowgli Holmes, Chief Scientific Officer at Phylos, compares this sequencing to a “bar code in terms of identification and evolutionary relationship relative to other samples.”

Using this information, Galaxy allows users to follow the lines that connect each strain of marijuana back to its genetic parent.

This is all good news for those who have invested heavily in the distribution of marijuana, as it should help protect their intellectual property rights from agri-giants like Monsanto – if the company ever caves in and admits it’s actually interested in developing a genetically modified version of marijuana, that is.

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Americans don’t dream anymore: Expert claims lack of sleep is affecting our physical and mental health

It’s not just kids who need a decent amount of sleep each night. To be able to function well at school or work, adults need to sleep deep enough to dream, according to an article from the Daily Mail.

Each night, we go through the fours stages of sleep. This occurs several times, and the bulk of our dreaming occurs during the “rapid-eye movement” (REM) phase. REM is the fourth stage, and missing out on enough sleep could spell the difference between getting enough rest and being tired and cranky the next day. (Related: Effects of Sleep Deprivation.)

Studies show that the physical and mental health of the average American is suffering due to a lack of sleep and dreams. The results of the study from the University of Arizona have identified several concerns that often go unnoticed since dreaming-sleep is nestled between psychology and sleep-science.

The REM cycle, which is the stage of sleep when our most active dream lives occur, was initially believed to be “the most deeply restful phase of sleep.” However, findings from contemporary research say that non-REM sleep, the stage before REM sleep, is the most restful phase.

Dr. Rubin Naiman, a sleep and dream psychologist from the university, claims that we need both. Since sleep and dreaming are analogous to our basic needs, it’s no use asking which is more important because, like food and water, we need both REM and non-REM sleep.

Dr. Naiman said, “We can actually go without food for weeks and weeks, but without water for only a few days. The brain prioritizes deep sleep over REM sleep, and if someone is sleep deprived they will dive into deep sleep to catch up.” He added that we need both to stay healthy.

It’s not just the lack of sleep that can cause health concerns like “greater risks of inflammation, pain sensitivity, obesity and memory problems” such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Without REM sleep, one’s physical and mental health can suffer greatly. Studies have revealed the link between Alzheimer’s and REM sleep, which can be seen in individuals who have difficulty entering the dreaming phase of sleep. This means that they have a bigger chance of developing Alzheimer’s.

If sleep is regularly interrupted, the chemical called soluble beta-amyloid might build up. This chemical can interfere with cognition and worse, kill brain cells. Soluble beta-amyloid in the brain is one of the first warning signs for the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Naiman is concerned because his colleagues don’t believe that dreams are important. He also shared that REM sleep is where memory consolidation takes place and that dreams could be a part of this process. For years, there has been a strong correlation between damaged dreaming and memory loss, shared Dr. Naiman. He stated, “when we don’t dream well, we don’t remember well.”

The link between depression and dreamless sleep has also been documented. In REM sleep, the brain’s paralimbic system, which deals with emotional information processing and other functions, is more active and suppresses the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex that deals with executive functions. The pattern only occurs in REM sleep, and research proves that the brain also processes the consolidation of negative emotional memories.

Drinking alcohol and taking marijuana and sleeping pills also disrupt sleep and dreams. Dr. Naiman advises that one glass of wine after dinner is preferable to binge-drinking at night.

He adds that while some people take marijuana to sleep better, the drug can even cause a “disruptive rush.” To combat interrupted sleep and dreams, Dr. Naiman suggests “effective combinations of exercise, morning light and nutrients with vitamin D” to eliminate the need for sleep disruptions like alcohol, alarm clocks, and drugs.

But what do you do if Dr. Naiman’s suggestions don’t work for you? Here are additional healthy sleep habits you can practice to ensure that you get enough Zs at night:

Read more news about Alzheimer’s and helpful health practices at Alzheimers.news.

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Cleaner water with nanoparticles: Toxic metals such as cadmium can be removed from freshwater safely with this innovative application

Nanotechnology has a multitude of environmental uses, and researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered another one. They found that sulfurized nano-zero-valent iron (FeSSi) could be used to remove cadmium toxicity from freshwater.

According to ScienceDaily.com, the researchers came to this conclusion after simulating a rain event that washed toxic soil materials into a waterway. Specifically, they dosed Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a type of single-celled freshwater alga, with cadmium-infused FeSSi. They then took measurements after waiting for an hour.

The researchers noted that the FeSSi particles removed well over 80 percent of the water-based cadmium within the hour. Although effective, the FeSSi particles turned out to be several times more toxic after exposure to cadmium. Fortunately, the freshwater alga provided the assistance that the FeSSi articles required.

The researchers found that organic material produced by the alga following photosynthesis greatly diminished the toxicity of the FeSSi particles. Moreover, the organic material supported the nanoparticles’ remediating action on cadmium by up to four times more than when alga-derived organic material is absent.

“The organic material makes the FeSSi particle less toxic, which allows a greater zone of remediation and increases the cadmium concentrations that can be used,” said lead author and postdoctoral scholar Louise Stevenson. “That’s interesting because every natural system contains some organic material.

“Along with the toxic effect of the nanoparticles just on cell viability, we identified an important feedback between organic materials produced by the algae itself decreasing toxicity, which decreases toxicity to the algae.” (Related: Antibacterial book made from nanoparticles of silver and copper cleans water in Third World.)

Their findings, which have been published in ACS Nano, come as a welcome advancement. Cadmium, a naturally occurring heavy metal primarily used for metal plating and coating, is a highly dangerous toxic chemical with various negative health and environmental effects.

Short-term exposure to cadmium can result in such digestive issues as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The liver and kidneys can be affected as well, as cadmium in drinking water has been linked to liver injury and renal failure. Meanwhile, lifetime exposure to cadmium has the potential to cause severe damage to the kidneys, liver, bones, and blood.

These effects have been noted in organisms from both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Cadmium has a tendency to bioaccumulate, as constant exposure to this heavy metal has led to it building up in the kidneys and livers of birds and mammals. Algae and plant life aren’t safe from the effects of cadmium either, as they can store cadmium as well and poison the animals that rely on them for food.

And though cadmium may not be the only heavy metal that could seep into water, the work done by Stevenson and her colleagues is nothing short of encouraging. The impact of nanotechnology on the environment is context specific, making it all the more vital to test the potential of nanotechnology under a wide spectrum of conditions.

As Stevenson explained it: “We’re developing new technology faster than we can predict its environmental impact. That makes it very important to design experiments that are ecologically and environmentally relevant but also get at dynamics that can be extrapolated to other systems.”

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Sources include:

ScienceDaily.com

Pubs.ACS.org

GreenFacts.org

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