A new study has revealed the restorative power of sleep to cleanup the brain.
While we are asleep, our bodies may be resting, but our brains are busy flushing toxins.
Sleep is responsible for flushing out toxic waste products that cells produce with daily use, and goes into overdrive when mice are asleep.
The brain’s cells even shrink in size to make room for easier cleaning with fluids in the spaces between.
The byproducts that need purging include beta-amyloid protein, clumps of which form plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
(READ the story from the Washington Post)