Curious Saturday: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

January 06, 2024
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Curious Saturday: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

Did you know that the brain, despite accounting for only about two percent of the body’s mass, utilizes a staggering quarter of the body’s entire energy supply? This remarkable organ is constantly at work, even while we sleep, engaging in crucial housekeeping functions that are essential for its proper functioning.

During sleep, when our body is at rest and our #mind wanders in the realm of dreams, the brain undergoes a fascinating process of cleaning and maintenance. This intricate machinery tirelessly works to rid itself of waste products and toxins, ensuring the optimal functioning of this unimaginably complex organ.

Understanding these fundamental housekeeping functions of the brain is not only intriguing but also holds immense importance for the prevention and treatment of various mental illnesses in the future. By delving into the mechanisms behind these processes, researchers hope to unlock valuable insights that can revolutionize our approach to brain health.

https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_iliff_one_more_reason_to_get_a_good_night_s_sleep

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