Your Brain Uses Sleep to Detox ; New Research Discovers the ‘Glymphatic System’

3 Nov

Your Brain Uses Sleep to Detox ; New Research Discovers the 'Glymphatic System'

Most would agree that getting enough sleep helps us feel better. It can be so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and deny ourselves adequate rest. Sometimes, people can spend over 8 hours a night laying in bed but because of stress or poor health, their quality of rest is effected. New research is showing that sleep can actually help your brain release toxins and bring back natural flow.

This fascinating research study was conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), lead by Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc.

Here are some highlights from the study.

“As published in the journal Science, the new research identified glia, a type of brain cell, as the controlling mechanism that allows cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to flow through special channels in the brain and scavenge waste. And it is only while a person sleeps, says Dr. Nedergaard and her team, that glia appears to perform this important duty, effectively facilitating a vast network of tiny channels through which CSF can flow and clear out toxins.”

“Much like how the lymphatic system clears out metabolic waste from the rest of the body, the “glymphatic system,” as Dr. Nedergaard calls it, takes care of the cellular trash that otherwise builds up in a person’s brain and impairs neurological function. This even includes those infamous beta-amyloid proteins, which copious research has identified as being linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”


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