Sleep isn’t just good for your memory; it can actually reduce your risk of dementia — and death. Although it has been known for some time that individuals with dementia frequently have poor, fragmented sleep, two recent studies suggest that if you don’t get enough sleep, you are at increased risk for dementia. Research suggests ongoing sleep deficits could take a considerable toll on the brain. Experts agree quality sleep is critical to cognitive function. Studies show sleep deprivation hinders learning, impairs cognitive performance, and slows reaction time - like being intoxicated but without the buzz. Scientists recently discovered that sleep and memory storage are inextricably linked as well. Poor sleep can contribute to neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline.

People who slept six hours or less per night in their 50s and 60s were more likely to develop dementia later in life. The findings suggest that inadequate sleep duration could increase dementia risk and emphasize the importance of good sleep habits. When sleep is restricted to less than seven hours per night, the brain has less time to clear beta-amyloid away, leading to toxic levels of accumulation and raising the risk of developing Alzheimer's. There are many reasons for poor sleep in middle age: shift work, insomnia, caretaking responsibilities, anxiety, and pressing deadlines, just to name a few. Although not all of these are controllable, some are. For example, if you’re currently only sleeping four to five hours because you’re up late working every night, you might want to change your habits, otherwise you risk developing dementia by the time you retire!

The good news is that you can reduce your risk of developing dementia by getting adequate sleep. Just like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, sleep is absolutely essential for good brain health. Studies show that the harmful effects of inadequate sleep can start at age 50 (if not earlier).


SleepMEND® contains a unique and synergistic herbal ingredient formulation that is 100% natural and melatonin free:

1. Passionflower helps relieve insomnia and anxiety. It appears to boost the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain. This compound lowers brain activity and helps regulate mood, which may help you relax and sleep better. Passionflower reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and helps increase the duration of sleep.

2. Valerian contains a number of compounds, including valerenic acids, that may help promote calmness by reducing GABA breakdown, improving stress response and maintaining adequate levels of mood-stabilizing brain chemicals. Several studies suggest that valerian root may improve the ability to fall asleep, stay asleep and achieve high-quality sleep in adults and children with insomnia. Valerian root may also help reduce anxiety related to acute stress and improve symptoms of OCD. It may also increase focus and reduce hyperactive behavior in children.

3. Lemon balm helps soothe symptoms of stress, helps you to relax, and boosts your mood. Lemon balm may also be used to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, such as nervousness and excitability. Combining lemon balm with valerian may help relieve restlessness and sleep disorders such as insomnia.

4. Jujube fruits have long been used in alternative medicine to treat conditions like insomnia and anxiety. Jujubes are used to improve sleep quality and brain function. Both jujube fruit and seed extracts have been found to increase sleep time and the fruit is often prescribed by alternative medicine practitioners to decrease anxiety.

5. Hops have sedative effects and help with anxiety and sleep disorders. Hops help improve sleep quality and reduce levels of anxiety. One study found that hops improved sleep quality among university students. While hops have shown promise for relieving anxiety and sleep disorders on their own, they are even more effective when combined with valerian.

6. Chamomile is a gentle herb that has a calming effect. It promotes relaxation and sleep. It also lessens symptoms of depression. Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquillizer and sleep-inducer. Chamomile is particularly effective at making you feel sleepy because of its chemical structure. The plant extract contains apigenin, a chemical compound that induces sleepiness when it binds to the GABA receptors in the brain. GABA receptors are the same receptors that bind to benzodiazepines, which are commonly used as anti-anxiety drugs because they have a calming effect. Similarly, when the apigenin in chamomile binds to GABA receptors, it has a sedative and relaxing effect.