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ins from the brain. This is one way in which the brain is re- freshed. Sleep con- solidates memories reinforcing what was impressive to us in our lives (redundancy intended). Disturb- ing memories can often be repeated in dreams making them more likely to reoc- cur and wake us up or sleep fitfully, not deeply.

Second, anxiety: Question: How

important is Sleep in relation

to Memory?

What about anxiety in relation to sleep? ~ C.E. of Sonoma County

Good to hear from you

and I’m pleased to try to answer your questions.

First, sleep: Sleep is extremely important for the whole body and the brain (redundancy intended). Sleep con- solidates memories reinforcing what was impressive to us in our lives. If there is some- thing you want to re- member, tell yourself what it is exactly what it is on the way to bed and as you breathe easily in bed. The right brain will latch onto your wish and make the memory solid, “consolidation”. This is of course why you never want to go to bed angry or resentful.

Also when

we have deep sleep, lymph creeps into the brain along blood ves- sels and helps the cere- bral spinal fluid remove waste products and tox-

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The amygdala (two almond shaped fea-

tures of the limbic brain) are responsible for a host of negative emo- tions: fear, anger, worry, anxiety. They have the result when activated of

stimulating a stress re- sponse putting adrena- line and cortisol into the blood stream and thus taking the cerebral cor- tex off line and prepar- ing our bodies for flight or fight response. Possible paths to

take: as you prepare for bed tell yourself you will sleep deeply and soundly. If you have a relaxing image, tune, event or person to think about bring that to mind. Tell yourself you will have pleasant dreams and will wake up re- freshed and ready to enjoy the next day. Say these things aloud as well as silently over and over.

If you wake during the night be very gentle

with yourself and recall your relaxing image or tune. Breathe as deeply and slowly as you can and again tell yourself you will sleep well and wake up refreshed. Thanks so much for writ- ing, Chance

P.S. My Wife Kathleen and I are hosting a radio show on KSVY radio Sonoma. It’s an hour on Tuesdays of, by and for Elders.

Chance Massaro

Brain-Body Expert, Speaker, Trainer, Author 707-526-9196 PO Box 14906 Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Facts & Trivia #2 March History Facts:

Bayer registered Aspirin as a trademark. Aspirin is considered by many to be the first wonder drug.


General Foods put the first individually packaged frozen foods - “Birds Eye Frosted Foods” on sale in Springfield, Massachusetts.

in 1950, Silly Putty was introduced as a toy by Peter Hodgson. It was invented in 1943 by James Wright in an effort to make synthetic rubber.

In the year of 1981, Walter Cronkite resigned as main anchorman of The CBS Evening News.

Michelangelo was born in 1475.

Whatever happens, take responsibility. ~ Tony Robbins

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