Your Third Eye, Melatonin and Sleep

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Your Third Eye, Melatonin and Sleep

The pineal gland (the historical “third eye”), once thought to possess magical, supernatural or psychic powers, is now known to control daily body rhythms (“chronobiology”) in conjunction with light/dark information supplied by the eyes. The major output of the pineal gland is melatonin, a compound made from L-tryptophan and named for its ability to “trick” skin melanocytes (the cells that normally darken upon exposure to sunlight) into lightening their color as if they had never been exposed to light.

Although melatonin has critical functions in the regulation of many circadian (day/night) and seasonal cycles in human physiology and neurobiology, it is best known (and most studied) for its roles in the control of the sleep/wake cycle.

Pineal secretion of melatonin is linked to the absence of daylight – bright light triggers the transmission of electrical signals from the retina along a special nerve to the brain’s central circadian pacemaker area in the hypothalamus. Because these signals suppress brain secretion of the hormone (norepinephrine) that activates melatonin secretion, lack of bright light (dim light or darkness) allows norepinephrine release by the hypothalamus; in turn, melatonin secretion is activated (in response to lack of light).

In most people, melatonin secretion begins about 2 to 4 hours after sunset and ends about 1 to 3 hours after dawn. The amount of melatonin secreted overnight depends on the length of time the retina remains unstimulated by light.

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Melatonin Secretion with Age

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Sleep and Cardiovascular Function

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Sleep and Cardiovascular Function

There’s an even more serious danger lurking under the bed – according to the results of recently published research, routinely getting only 5 hours or less of quality sleep at night is known to double your risk of developing (or exacerbating) high blood pressure.1 Even worse – failing to get at least 7 hours of sleep significantly increases your chances of suffering a heart attack!2 While these studies highlight problems associated with chronic sleep issues, the occasional inability to fall asleep can also be of concern.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Melatonin and Sleep

References:
1. Gangwisch JE, Heymsfield SB, Boden-Albala B, Buijs RM, Kreier F, Pickering TG, Rundle AG, Zammit GK, Malaspina D. Short sleep duration as a risk factor for hypertension. Analyses of the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Hypertension 2006;47:833-839.
2. Ayas NT, White DP, Manson JE, Stampfer MJ, Speizer FE, Malhotra A, Hu FB. A prospective study of sleep duration and coronary heart disease in women. Arch Intern Med 2003;163:205-209.

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Sleep Vital to Health and Healing

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Sleep – Vital to Health and Healing

Sleep is something we often take for granted. Many of us rarely give it a second thought. However, adequate sleep is crucial to human functionality. Besides providing down-time for the body to heal, it relieves stress and helps the body rejuvenate from the rigors and challenges of our daily lives. Beyond rejuvenating the body, sleep is also necessary for rejuvenating the mind – a tonic for our physical and mental wellness.

With age, our sleep quality normally tends to decline. In fact, a common complaint voiced by many older people is the declining duration of sleep as they reach and live through middle-age. It is well-documented that over the age of 50, added to the shortage of time caused by the demands of family, job, travel, shopping and other obligations, men and women experience a naturally-reduced ability to fall asleep, the sleep they get is shallower and of shorter duration, and they are awakened more easily. Lack of sufficient quality sleep will impair mental focus and decrease the quality of life.

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Sleep and Cardiovascular Function

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Disrupting the circadian rhythm may have heart health consequences

While a good night sleep may play an important role in helping individuals wake feeling rested and ready to start their day, many in the medical community also feel that rest is vital to providing support for immune health, which may lower the chances of developing some chronic diseases.

One recent study from researchers at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center found that disrupting the normal sleep cycle may cause fluctuations in cholesterol levels that may contribute to poor heart health.

Researchers said that triglyceride levels in the blood rise and fall throughout the day along with an individual’s normal circadian rhythm, but that disruption can lead to unhealthy buildups of cholesterol over a long period of time.

“Plasma lipids are tightly controlled by mechanisms regulating their production and clearance,” said lead researcher Mahmood Hussein. “Here, we show that light-entrained mechanisms involving clock genes also play a role in regulating plasma triglyceride.”

He added that individuals who regularly stay up excessively late or travel overseas are at a higher risk of developing heart health problems.
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Ultimate Sleep Formula

I have to say that rarely have I seen the effects of one of our Purity Products so quickly and so effectively as I have found the Ultimate Sleep Formula.  Firstly, almost immediately I found that I woke up refreshed and earlier.  So I got less sleep and felt much more relaxed and refreshed than I normally did.  Isn’t that amazing?  I hate to admit it but I love sleeping.  While I don’t suffer from any kind of sleep disorders, or chronic sleep problems, I do think I need more sleep than most adults. Also,  as I have gotten older I’ve discovered that I have more trouble with waking up in the middle of the night, and when  this happens, I toss and turn and usually wind up feeling like I need to sleep more in the morning.  Since I have started taking Purity Products’ Ultimate Sleep Formula I sleep more soundly and I am telling you the feeling in the morning when my eyes open more than an hour earlier than my alarm clock is set for is just priceless.  When I am up earlier than I need to be and have an incredible feeling of a satisfying and restful sleep and the desire to get up I am astounded because it’s just not how I normally feel.  Also, if that wasn’t enough I started taking the Ultimate Sleep Formula during the day.  Would you believe that when you take it during the day, it doesn’t make you sleepy?  It helps me feel really relaxed but at the same time alert and focused.  I even feel that it enhances my mood.  All of the results I have personally found are supported by the research behind this product as well.  I highly recommend you trying this product.  I am curious to hear what others think about this really wonderful new product. – Sabrina Levin

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Ultimate Sleep Plus Melatonin

We’ve recently released a brand new product, Ultimate Sleep™ Plus Melatonin.

Ultimate Sleep™ Plus Melatonin is yet another advancement in science of supporting healthy sleep via natural ingredients. Ultimate Sleep™ Plus Melatonin is a triple action formula with Suntheanine, Lactium, and Melatonin designed to help people fall asleep faster, sleep more soundly, and awaken revitalized. Both Lactium and Suntheanine have been well researched separately in dozens of clinical studies with statistically significant results.

You can read our press release here:
Purity Products Releases Ultimate Sleep Plus Melatonin

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Purestin – Suntheanine is great for sleep

I know a lot of folks have a little trouble getting to sleep, at least occasionally. Or maybe your issue isn’t falling asleep, but rather staying asleep. Typically I sleep like a baby (Quick interlude- why does the expression “sleep like a baby” connote deep solid undisturbed sleep?? My 2 kids, when they were babies, normally screamed half the night, either pooping themselves into a mud bath, demanding milk, or just hollering away for some inexplicable but highly interruptive reason!)…

Anyway, recently, for some reason, I noticed that I was consistently waking up in the middle of the night, and it wasn’t so easy to quickly get back to sleep. As you can imagine, I was waking up groggy, grumpy and asking myself “How many hours before I can return to my bed?”

So the first thing I thought of was that maybe I need to stick to one glass of red wine with dinner instead of two. Tried this for a few days and didn’t really help much, which was frustrating because it was the only obvious thing I had changed in my routine recently. Now while I bounce  up and down 10 or so pounds,  I’m not overweight. I run fairly consistently. I avoid sugar (most of the time). All my numbers are rock solid. I did not feel abnormally stressed out.

So I decided to call in the big guns- Purestin, our sleep supplement which features Melatonin and Suntheanine, which is just a fabulous evidence-based ingredient derived from green tea. And while I know you’re thinking “Wait a second, doesn’t this guy SELL this product? How objective can he be?” I have to say I felt the difference the first night.

We know Melatonin works. And Suntheanine is great for sleep because it basically helps you relax without having sedative properties. And Suntheanine is special because there’s actually data showing it helps you wake up feeling more refreshed.

Fortunately, it helped me here as well.  All in, it’s been 3 good nights, and mornings, in a row, and I’m excited about our future with this formulation.

– Jason Kam

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12 Tips For A Healthy New Year

1. Stay Hydrated. Drink 8 8 oz glasses of water a day.  Water is required by every cell in the body as nourishment and as a means to remove wastes.   So, drink up and feel great!

2. Use the Stairs. Instead of elevators or escalators, take the stairs whenever possible.  Make your next shopping trip a cardio workout but picking up your pace walking down those halls and taking the stairs.  It may make those post holiday bills a little less painful.

3. Take a Deep Breath. Try taking full abdominal breaths several times a day.  This is not only great for your body, but can help you clear your mind, if only for a few moments each day.  Every little bit helps!

4. Try a New Fitness Pursuit. Try something totally different like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or ice-skating to keep your exercise regimen interesting.  And, bring a friend, spouse or even a child, to keep you motivated.

5. Get creative with Veggies. Fill your plate with colorful vegetables because bright colored and dark leafy green vegetables are especially loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.  They are also high in fiber, which makes them filling while still being low in calories.  What a winning combination!

6. Snack on This: Fruits – Fresh and Dried. When you are in need of a snack, reach for a piece of fresh or dried fruit instead of chips or cookies.  Just like vegetables, they are high in both fiber and antioxidants and low on calories.  And, they taste great!

7. Eat Breakfast. Studies have shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast regularly, are more likely to control their weight that those who skip breakfast.

8. Get that Annual Check Up. Be sure the visit your doctor at least once a year for an annual physical and check up (more if your physician requires it).  Keeping a close eye on your health can help diagnose ailments before they become serious, or just help you maintain your already outstanding health.

9. Cut the Fat. Cut back on saturated fats.  But, don’t cut the “good” unsaturated fats like olive oil, nuts, fish and lean meats.  Your heart will thank you!

10. Sleep on it. Make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep every night to maintain your energy throughout the day.  Most Americans don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours a night.  So, turn off the TV, your cell phone, and the lights and wake up refreshed tomorrow.

11. Relax Your Mind and Body. Leave the office at work.  Take a long walk.  Turn off the TV and enjoy the quiet.  And, most importantly relax and recharge.  Try yoga, read a book, or just daydream.  You mind will thank you!

12. Stay with Purity Products. We work hard to provide you with the latest advancements in nutritional supplements.  We’ll be here for you morning and night to answer your questions and provide you with the updated formulas you want and need to keep you going strong.

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