Sleeping Helps Clear Brain Waste and Avoid Neurodiseases

Sleeping Helps Clear Brain Waste and Avoid Neurodiseases
JeffreyIliffSleeping properly may help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease, as it is during sleep that the brain cleanses its system of the "waste" it produces, as explained by Jeff Iliff, who led a University of Rochester Medical Center research team at a recent TEDMED conference, in San Francisco. The researcher was able to unveil the brain cleansing system, which works similarly to the lymphatic system, which does not exist in the brain. "We all know, based on our experience that sleep clears your mind, and when you don't sleep it leaves your mind murky. But we still haven't understood why sleep has this incredible restorer function for the mind," said Iliff, who is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. "We found that sleep may actually be a kind of elegant solution to some of the brain's most basic needs. The first problem that all of the organs must have a continuous supply of nutrients that fuel all cells of the body, and in the brain that is especially critical. Its intense electrical activity uses a quarter of the body entire energy supply, even though the brain accounts of only two percent of the body's mass." All of the organs of the body need to find a way of disposing the nutrient waste that is naturally created, as a byproduct. Therefore, the circulat
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