Clean the brain with sleep! some of you may have read a recent report about how sleep cleans the brain.This was reported by James Gallagher who is a Health and Science reporter for the BBC News.
The United States of America have a Journal of Science and they believe the ‘waste removal system’ is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep.
The study carried out shows that brain cells shrink during our sleeping hours and open up the gaps between neurons which allows fluid to wash the brain clean!
They also suggest that failing to clear away the toxic proteins may play a role in brain disorders.
A sleep research team in the University of Rochester believe that ‘housework for the brain’ may be one of the primary reasons for sleeping.
Researcher Dr Maiken Nedergaard said “The brain only has limited energy at its disposal and it appears that it must choose between two different functional states – awake and aware OR asleep and cleaning up,”.
“You can think of it like having a house party. You can either entertain the guests or clean up the house, but you can’t really do both at the same time”!
Clean the Brain and Flush Away Toxins
Studies revealed how the brain’s glymphatic waste disposal system works, by pumping cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) through the brain tissue and flushing toxins into the blood circulation and liver.
Tests carried out on mice, showed that the glymphatic system became TEN times more active when the mice were asleep.
Clean the Brain of Toxins with Sleep
Another startling discovery was that cells in the brain shrink by 60% during sleep. The contraction creates more space between the cells and allows Cerebal Spinal Fluid to wash more freely through brain tissue.
When we are awake, the brain’s cells are closer together, restricting the flow of this fluid.
Read here how lack of sleep can speed up the ageing process.
Sleep really IS THAT important to us!
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Until my next blog, sleep well and sound.