You most likely know how important your 7-9 hours of sleep is every night, but it can still be easy to pull an all nighter in the face of activities or work. However, one new study brings a new reason as to why sleeping is so important. You won’t want to miss any more sleep after you read what new research has found.
The study shows that sleep is essential for waste removal of the brain. Researchers’ have found that the brain washes away toxins that have built up from the day’s stresses and thinking. The brain cells were found to actually shrink during sleep, allowing brain fluid to move freely and basically wash away anything negative that built up while the individual was awake.
One of the researchers on the study, Dr Maiken Nedergaard, makes a valid point saying that the brain has limited energy and can only function between two different states – sleeping or awake and active. He likens the process to having a house party. You can either entertain guests or clean up the house, but it is impossible to do both at the same time.
The housecleaning your brain does while you sleep is found to be a vital function of living. Failure to remove the toxins regularly can lead to brain disorders. Entering a deep sleep also restores brain cell function and protects the cells. This is crucial for preventing problems with Alzheimer’s and dementia later in life.
So the next time you are thinking about pulling an all nighter, think again. Your brain needs the chance to rest and do some cleaning. Make sleep a bigger priority, and you could experience less stress and better cognition during the day.
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