Brain Health Tips – Three Ways to Improve Your Sleep – #BAW17

Brain Health Tips - Blanket, ASMR

Brain Health Tips - Blankets,ASMR

Make Sense of Sleep

Sleep on it! Did you know that sleep is restorative to you brain? In the last few years, studies have reported a sleep-dementia link. Last March the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reported a lack of sleep increases the presence of Alzheimer’s amyloid beta plaque. When we sleep our brain’s plumbing system flushes through the brain clearing amyloid beta.

The Trifecta for Shuteye

Weighted Blanket

The weight of the blanket acts as a form of deep touch therapy. The blanket is often filled with plastic pellets sewn into compartments, distributing the blanket weight evenly. Studies report when pressure points are triggered, by the weight of the blanket the brain releases chemicals. In particular, serotonin a neurotransmitter known as a mood stabilizer or calming chemical.

Essential Oils 

With a history traced back to ancient time aromatherapy is also a sensory sleep aid. While Lavender is the most popular there are several other scents to consider. In addition to a flowery scent are herbaceous oils Vetiver, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, and Valerian Root. When purchasing essential oils it’s important to use quality over synthetic oils. Apply and rub to the soles of your feet. 

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)

Often known as a brain massage pleasant and soothing sounds are another consideration.  From the sound of crackling to whispers, ASMR has a loyal following. Easily available through YouTube and podcasts add this to your sleep regime.

Important Links

Amazon Weighted Blanket Search

Do It Yourself Weighted Blanket

Heather Feather ASMRtist

About the Author

Currently, Judi Bonilla is the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. She is the first gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Judi has also spoken at the American Society on Aging and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She also served as a fellow for Hispanics in Philanthropy and Senior Service America. Judi is the author of Freewheeling After Sixty a book for older drivers. In addition, you can find her at

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