Sleep May Flush Toxins from the Brain

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Scientists have researched why people sleep and how it affects the brain. For the first time, scientists have found that during sleep, the brain may cleanse itself of toxic molecules. A study conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) found the space between brain cells may increase during sleep. More space between brain cells allows the brain to flush out toxins which build up during waking hours. The research was conducted on mice.

Maiken Nedergaard, a leader of the study, says, “Sleep changes the cellular structure of the brain. It appears to be a completely different state.” The researchers injected dye into the brains of the mice. Simply put, the dye flowed rapidly when the mice where asleep but during waking hours the due barely flowed. This means, the brain was able to clear out toxins during sleep at a more rapid pace than during waking hours.

The results of this study “may have broad implications for multiple neurological disorders”. Overall, it is agreed upon that sleep is important to the brain. Sleep is a priority in daily life and a schedule is important to maintain. As we learn more about the impact of sleep on the brain, it becomes more and more apparent that a consistent sleep schedule, a relaxing bedtime routine, regular exercise, and avoiding caffeine close to bedtime are instrumental to the health of the brain.

More and more research reveals the neurological implications of too little sleep. It is important to have regular sleep habits to maximize the functioning of your brain. Contact FusionSleep if you are concerned about your sleep patterns and the impact it may be having on your brain functioning.