“We have a cleaning system that almost stops when we are awake and starts when we sleep. It’s almost like opening and closing a faucet — it’s that dramatic,” says Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, co-director of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Who would have thought that some of the best house cleaning we can do is right here in our very own skull.
New research suggests that the brain has a unique waste removal system that shuts down when we are awake. Once the brain is sleeping this system acts like those Lysol scrubbing bubbles clearing away toxic byproducts that accumulate while we are awake.
“It’s no secret that too little shut-eye can drain your brain, but scientists haven’t fully understood why.
Now, a new study suggests that a good night’s sleep leaves you feeling sharp and refreshed because a newly discovered system that scrubs away neural waste is mostly active when you’re at rest”.
This makes so much sense to me as a mother. When I am sleep deprived my brain becomes a toxic waste dump of bad thoughts and crummy feelings.
My children will attest to the garbage that can come out of my mouth when I am overtired and overwrought.
- I am a sleep enthusiast.
- I want the best sleep for every mommy, daddy, child and family.
- An off night here and there is not the end of the world.
- However, days on end and weeks of interrupted and dis-regulated sleep will take its toll on you and your brain.
If you feel like you are missing out on too much sleep and your brain is trashed as a result…