ARE HYDRATION AND SLEEP CONNECTED? SPOILER: YES!

Sleep is essential to good health. Rest is essential to being well. Find a way to get both with these resources.

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Are hydration and sleep connected? Spoiler: yes!

The effects of dehydration are similar to the effects of lack of sleep. If you don’t get enough water, you may feel sluggish, experience mood swings and in general, just feel off. But, did you know that not getting enough water can also impact your quality of sleep?

What are the negative effects of dehydration?

We’ve all experienced it—you get to the end of your day and realize you’ve only had a few sips of water. Not good! When you’re dehydrated, you may experience:

  • Increased thirst and a dry mouth
  • Fatigue and confusion
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Dry skin
  • A rapid heart rate
  • Fever
  • Cramping

It’s happens to all of us. You’re busy and sometimes the day gets away from you. However, if you’re not careful, constant dehydration can cause severe problems. Make sure you talk with your doctor if your symptoms are severe or you’re having a hard time maintaining healthy hydration levels.

Dehydration and sleep

Not only will dehydration effect your everyday life and health, it will impact your quality of sleep, too. Even though your body is mostly still while you sleep, it’s actually an active period where your body restores chemical balances, heals and recovers. In fact, one of sleep’s most important benefits is forming short- and long-term memories. When you sleep, your brain processes, transfers and stores all of the information you took in that day. If you’re not getting good, quality sleep, you may experience memory loss, trouble concentrating while awake, mood swings, a weakened immune system, poor balance, weight gain and risk of disease. Being dehydrated when you go to sleep will affect the way your body restores itself.

Let’s talk about a few ways your body may be effected by going to sleep dehydrated.

Dehydrated sleep = dry mouth and nose

When you go to bed dehydrated, you risk not getting a good night’s rest. You may experience a dry mouth and dry nasal passages, which can cause snoring, even if you’re not a regular snorer. This can keep you up, wake you up an not to mention, keep your partner up, too. The dryness can also cause a sore throat and hoarse voice when you wake up.

Going to sleep dehydrated can cause cramping

Have you ever woken up in the middle of night with an excrusiating leg cramp? Some people call them Charlie horses. If you haven’t had enough water during the day or before bed, you may experience cramping like this while you sleep, especially in your legs. This can be very painful, waking you up and keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep.

A night of dehydrated sleep impacts your whole day

Other than the obvious fact that waking up multiple times in the middle of the night means you’re not getting enough uninteruped RIM Sleep, going to bed dehydrated can have negative implications for the following day. You may feel less alert and experience a lack of energy. You may also notice that if you went to bed dehydrated, your cognitive performance suffers. That is your thinking, reasoning and remembering skills! Kind of important.

Important note: Even if you think you’re well-hydrated when you go to bed, you may be surprised to learn that you actually lose fluid while you sleep. Yep—even just breathing while you sleep, you lose fluid, especially if you snore or breathe through your mouth. You lose more fluid if you get sweaty while you sleep (hey, it happens to all of us), have worked out closer to bedtime without re-hydrating or had a lot of alcohol before going to bed. (Side Note: Drinking just one 16 oz. Glass of Kangen water before bed and the next morning will eliminate hangovers!)

Water x sleep: best practices

Unfortunately, you can’t fix your dehydration problems by chugging water before bed. That can actually have a negative impact on your sleep. If you wait until the end of the day to drink all your fluids, you’ll probably have to get up multiple times in the night to use the bathroom.

To be hydrated and therefore, get your best rest, you want to stay hydrated throughout the day. People used to say a good rule of thumb for water intake was 8 glasses a day, but now the National Academy of Medicine recommends drinking about 11 cups for the average female and about 15 cups for the average male. That may seem like a lot, but this also includes any water from foods you consume. And don’t forget, the amount of water you need varies from person to person and depends on your weight and height, level of exercise and diet, so chat with your doctor to figure out the right amount of water for you.  

Pro tip: Don’t feel like measuring every ounce of water you drink? (We don’t blame you!) A good way to determine if you’re getting enough water is simple—drink water when you’re thirsty. Your body is smart. It will tell you when you need more water.

Another good practice to stay hydrated is to keep a BPA Free Reusable Bottle on hand. If you always have water available, you’ll be able to quench your thirst whenever you need to. Plus, a reusable water bottle helps you keep track of how much water you’ve had. If you have a 20 ounce water bottle, you can do the math to keep up with how much water you’ve had and how much you still need to drink in a day. Not to mention, a reusable bottle reduces waste and is better for the planet. Slide your reusable bottle in your purse or backpack, keep it on your desk at work or on your nightstand so that you can stay hydrated and healthy.

Drinking the right water, that will hydrate you correctly, will allow you to sleep even better, resulting in better clarity, among other benefits.

Water and The Brain

Water is essential for concentration and mental alertness

Dr. Corinne Allen

Why is Water So Important for the Brain?

The Brain is 85% water. Optimal brain function depends on water and lots of it. Water is what keeps the brain signals going. When the quality of water is compromised the signals are short circuited. Water supports DNA and is the largest single source of energy. The brain has no way to store water and dehydration comes if all the water lost in a day is not replaced and this deficiency is accumulated. Brain cells need 2x more energy than other cells in the body. Water supplies energy. Nerve transmission consumes one-half of all the brain’s energy (nearly 10% of the whole body’s energy). When hydrated, you have more energy. When the brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, it will function at full capacity and you’ll think better and faster. Creativity is boosted.

Brain Injury Causes Inflammation.

Brain inflammation can occur from many causes including: head injuries, premature birth, lack of oxygen, vaccinations, pesticides, accidents, and various infections. The resulting inflammation can provide dysfunction in the body’s ability to detoxify harmful substances. The brain can also exhibit mitochondria that have low energy output and high free radical generation. Often those with brain challenges like Autism and Asperger’s, ADD, depression, panic attacks, head injuries drink almost no water each day, only accentuating the problem in brain functioning.

Dr Corinne Allen says “in Autistics and others where brain inflammation is high, toxins can more easily cross the blood brain, flooding the brain with free radicals.  Kangen Water has been providing participants in her Advanced Learning & Development Institute with a strong source of antioxidants and improved hydration. In her ALDI brain programs, they observed that their expectations have been significantly exceeded by adding Kangen Water to the protocol program, even as much as 35% improvement in the results.”

Why is Water Important in Advanced Learning & Development Institute’s Brain Programs?

Dr Allen adds that “It is most common that those with brain issues exhibited in Autism, Asperger’s, ADD, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Post Traumatic Stress, and Accidents do not drink enough water. Often those with brain challenges will drink almost no water each day, only accentuating the problems in their brain functioning.”

Instead, those with brain challenges will favor drinking the very beverages that cause more brain dehydration such as beverages containing caffeine, alcohol, or sugar. Dehydration affects all functions in the brain. Mayo clinic says that the average adult loses more than 10 cups of water every day through breathing, perspiring, and eliminating wastes.

Why Does Kangen Water Work So Well in ALDI’s Brain Program?

Dr. Corinne Allen says that her clients have every brain difficulty imaginable. They see clients with many different signs of brain dehydration including: brain fog, afternoon fatigue, focus problems, depression, anger, emotional instability, grouchiness, over sensitive (including auditory, tactile, taste, smell, visual), exhaustion, headaches, sleep issues, stress, picky eaters, or cravings. Among other signs of dehydration that we see are lack of mental clarity and acuity, ability to get along with other people, pessimism and lack of vision, weakened immune system, and mental fatigue.

Even if a person is 1% dehydrated, there is a 5% decrease in cognitive function. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy, short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing. Studies show that prolonged dehydration of the brain causes cells to begin to shrink.

Water is an important factor in brain food and productivity. Many think that they can drink soda, coffee, milk, or juice and stay hydrated. This is not true. Especially the brain needs water to send signals from the brain to the rest of the body.

Dr. Allen went on to say that “water eliminates toxins from the brain as well as delivering nutrients to the brain. When the brain is fully hydrated, the circuitry works well and functions at optimum levels. Water is essential for concentration and mental alertness. ALDI’s brain program is rigorous. The participants need energy. Most brain injured don’t have much energy.  Kangen water absorbs into the cells and especially the brain so quickly and efficiently that energy is available instantly to keep clients able to take advantage of maximum therapy in a day.”

She added that studies have shown that most people are permanently partially dehydrated. This means that their brain is working considerably below its capacity and potential. When there is brain injury on top of dehydration, the problems associated with dehydration cause more evident and profound symptoms.

Why does Kangen water work so well for the brain?

Since water comprises 85% of the brain and 70% of the body, when the body is hydrated with alkaline, highly ionized and micro clustered water, the ability to reduce acidity and dehydration becomes almost immediate. Water becomes a tool to balance the brain and the body. The brain is only 1/50th of the total body weight and it uses 1/20th of the blood supply. Yet, for optimal brain function, it needs a lot of water since the brain is mostly water. If there is a lack of water, it can cause mild to severe problems in the brain. Dehydration causes the level of energy generated by the brain to be decreased.

Dr Allen says that people who have brain injuries and resulting inflammation in the brain, have dysfunction in their ability to detoxify harmful substances like radiation, toxic metals, chemicals, pesticides, pollution, infections, and other free radicals. They also have mitochondria that have low energy output and high free radical generation.

She added that brain inflammation comes from head injuries, prematurity in infants, lack of oxygen, military receiving trauma from blasts, and infections in the brain. In autistics and other with brain injury where brain inflammation is high, toxins can cross the blood brain barrier easier allowing pollutants, radiation, chemical, pesticides, and toxic metals to flood the brain with their resultant free radicals. To stop the many sources of free radicals attacking the brain and causing brain inflammation, a strong antioxidant and powerful, supportive anti-inflammatory agent like the free radical scavenging, ionized, micro-clustered, alkaline water is needed. In the ALDI brain program, we observed that all our therapies were enhanced significantly by Kangen Water. Kangen Water and its ability to support the body’s ability to deal with brain inflammation is exceptional. The results that we are now able to achieve with Kangen Water is beyond any normal therapeutic expectations.

Dr. Allen is convince that her Advanced Learning & Development Learning Institute uses high alkaline Kangen Water to accentuate all therapies and is producing results in our clients that were never before possible so quickly.

Dr Allen’s results of some of her clients who came to the Advanced Learning and Development Learning Institute

Johnnie Wilkins, severely Autistic 6-year-old

Johnnie came to the brain camp with severe autistic behaviors. He could never be left alone. He didn’t sleep well. He had many seizures in a day. He yelled and screamed a lot. He never minded anyone. He wouldn’t eat healthy food and had to have the refrigerator and cupboards locked at home because his eating was uncontrollable. He wouldn’t drink water.

After introducing Johnnie to Kangen Water, he began to crave water and drank many glasses each day. Kangen Water accelerated all the therapies that Johnnie did each day in the brain camp. Johnnie, even before the first 12 days of the program, was holding someone’s hand every time he went outside. He began to obey and respond to verbal commands. He stopped screaming and fussing all the time. His social skills improved. His seizures stopped. He made eye contact and smiled a lot. His behavior and progress has continued as he does his home therapy and daily drinks a lot of Kangen Water.

His mother said that she was in awe of the final product. She didn’t believe at first that the program would work until she saw how greatly he changed in just the first 12 days.” We accomplished more in 6 days than we had accomplished in 6 years with John’s doctors. Now my prayers are being answered,” said Johnnie’s mother.

Johnnie’s grandma said, “Each day brought a new miracle. Our autistic boy, who was out of control was obedient, demonstrated social skills and began to play like a normal 6 year old. In 12 marvelous days, we saw more progress than the medical community offered in 4 years.”

Yuan Meng, severe brain injury from brain tumor surgery

Yuan has been unable to walk, balance, or care for herself for 9 years, since she had surgery for a cerebellar tumor.

Within the first days of intensive therapy at the ALDI brain camp and drinking Kangen Water, she is able to stand freely on her own, even in front of the bathroom sink to wash her hands without single support. She has visible improvement in her coordination, vision, and clear reduction of her facial paralysis with more steadiness, better coordination, and clearer vision. Starting on day 9, she was also able to stand up on her own without any support. She is now able to make 4-8 small steps on her own on a repeated basis.

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