New study finds that sleep cleans toxins from the brain and causes a reboot to the brain’s computer. Toxins are built up throughout a hard day’s thinking. Sleep plays a major role when it comes to fixing the brains memory and even improving your learning quality.
This study was performed by a team at the University of Rochester Medical Center. They have found that human brains have their own network of pipes labeled as the glymphatic system. These pipes carry waste material from the brain.
According to the new study researchers say the brain has cells that shrink when you sleep and allows the gaps between the neurons to open up. This process helps cleanse the brain with a fluid. The study also found if the brain doesn’t complete this process properly, allowing toxins to remain; it can lead to disorders of the brain.
Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, researcher, said the brain has to choose between two main functions; awake and alert or it can sleep and cleanse. As powerful as the brain is it only has limited energy to use at one time. He compared it to hosting a party at your house where you can either entertain or clean up, but you can’t do both effectively at the same time.
Sleeping, according to the study, is like performing a reboot to a computer. When you reboot your computer it cleans out your random access memory and allows programs to run smoothly. When you don’t reboot your computer you experience memory leaks and your programs start to run slowly and can cause your computer to freeze.
From this study I’ve noticed several similarities between rebooting a computer and sleeping; hopefully you will find the value of both.
- Rebooting helps stop viruses from attacking: Twists and turns of life can be a major cause of frustration. During these times our brains can get overwhelmed and need time to reset. This is very similar to rebooting your computer. When something dangerous is detected a reboot can prevent a total breakdown or corruption. When you shut down and stop it from running it you reduce the potential damage. The next time you have a horrible day go home, take a nap and allow your brain to reboot.
- Rebooting serves as a system flush: The reality is we all have a lot of toxic thoughts during the day. We carry around negative experiences and stress. The computer has something called random access memory (RAM) that manages its functionality. The brain also has RAM that handles different short-term tasks and data we’ve input or failed to guard against. Sleeping flushes out all this information, allowing your brain to start fresh and function more efficiently. As you go to sleep nightly, you should be able to leave the issues of that day behind and start fresh in the morning. You create a better opportunity for success and optimum performance when you reboot nightly.
- Rebooting allows upgrades to install: Everyone has things on the ‘back burner’ that need attention. Usually they are activities or projects that can enhance growth and development while helping people move forward. The problem is many are too busy with other things that really don’t matter. Rebooting your brain allows you to refocus on what is important. These upgrades are needed to help us become all that we dream. Rebooting is allowing time for small errors to be corrected. Sleep allows the brain to reset, recharge while upgrading our perception on life.
When you sleep, your brain performs a clean-up process that removes toxins that are linked to brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The next time you feel overwhelmed or overloaded try rebooting your brain’s computer by getting some sleep.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)