Sleep ‘cleans’ the brain of toxins

sleepWe’ve known for a long time that we need sleep to survive.  A new study shows that we might be closer to understanding why.

It appears that the brain essentially uses sleep to wash away toxins that have built up after a hard day of thinking.  The study showed that brain cells actually shrink while we sleep, allowing the brain to flush itself clean.

The brain can basically function in two modes.  Either it’s awake and active or it’s asleep and rejuvenating.  They use the analogy that it’s like having a house party.  You’re either actively entertaining your guests or you’re cleaning up.

Many of our patients dealing with stress and adrenal fatigue report difficulty sleeping.  When we think about lack of sleep from the perspective that we’re preventing the brain from being able to cleanse itself of toxins, we begin to see why lack of sleep can have such a dramatic impact on our quality of life.

One of our primary goals in working with patients to improve their health is to help them get to sleep and stay asleep through the night.

Enjoy the article, and try to get a good night’s sleep.  It’s more important than you might realize.

BBC News – Sleep ‘cleans’ the brain of toxins.

Be well.


Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga.  He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding.  Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue.  He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness.  Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program.  He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.

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