When it takes you a long time to fall asleep night after night, or you’re not getting enough hours of restful sleep, your brain feels foggy and after a night or two, you aren’t thinking clearly, becoming cranky, and your resistance to illness runs low. We all know how important a good night of rest is for our health, mental well being and beauty.
“Essentially all neurodegenerative diseases are associated with the accumulation of cellular waste products,” said Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., co-director of the URMC Center for Translational Neuromedicine, via ScienceDaily.
Recent research has found that while we sleep, our brain cells actually shrink by 60% allowing the brain’s “waste management”/flushing fluid glymphactic system to be activated similarly to the night shift cleaning crew in an office complex. They clean out all the toxins and debris of the day, including bad proteins like beta amyloids, which build up in people with Alzheimer’s Disease. The flushing system is nearly 10 times more active during restful sleep, and with the smaller brain cells providing more space for the fluid to flush through easily, a wonderful natural cleaning takes place.
“The brain is surrounded by a membrane called the arachnoid and bathed in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). CSF flows into the interior of the brain through the same pathways as the arteries that carry blood. This parallel system is akin to a donut shaped pipe within a pipe, with the inner ring carrying blood and the outer ring carrying CSF. The CSF is draw into brain tissue via a system of conduits that are controlled by a type support cells in the brain known as glia, in this case astrocytes.“
Where does the dirty glymphatic fluid go after it leaves the brain? It leaves the brain through the cerebralspinal fluid, enters the blood stream and on to the liver for detoxification. If you are drinking alcohol in the evening or have any time of problem in your liver that deters this detoxification or filtering process, then the toxins accumulate in the liver and other organs.
How much sleep is enough for a good cleaning? 7 hours of uninterrupted, restful sleep.
How can you help yourself get a full night of sleep each night? Here are my “5 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep“
I use the Melatonin Sleep Spray regularly, which is made a huge difference in the quality and amount of restful sleep I achieve each night. After all, restful sleep is very important for your skin health and beauty as I share in “What Does Sleep Do For Your Skin?“
Cheers to wonderful nights of restful sleep!