Sleep for Your Brain

Sleep has been the subject on countless studies for a long time.  Sleep is deeply connected to your health in many ways.  Did you know that sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness?


Even if you eat right, exercise, etc., but don’t sleep enough, can have an adverse effect on your health and well-being.

According to researchers, from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), have discovered a clue as to mandatory sleep for good health–brain health.  Your brain has a way to remove toxic waste through what has recently been named ‘Glymphatic system‘.  It is best done when you are asleep allowing your brain to clear out the toxins from harmful proteins which are linked to harmful brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

During sleep your brain cells shrink to about 60 percent during sleep allowing more efficient waste removal.

What is the Glymphatic System?  Your body has a way to remove cellular waste products through what is called the lymphatic system; however, the lymphatic system does not include your brain.  The brain is considered to be a closed system, protected by the blood-brain barrier, which controls what goes through and what does not.

The Glymphatic System ‘piggybacks’ on the blood vessels in your brain.  The “glial cells” are brain cells that manage this system.

The Glymphatic System flushes out the waste from your brain into your body’s circulatory system–eventually reaching your liver where it is ultimately eliminated.

During sleep is when the glympathic system is 10 times more active than during wakefulness.  So the lack of sleep may affect the progression of Alzheimer’s or other brain disorders.  For those who choose to skip sleep–DON’T!

Taking a sleeping pill isn’t the answer!

How to Optimize Sleep:

1.  Avoid watching television or using computer at night before going to bed

2. Sleep in complete darkness or as close to it as possible

3. Lower the temperature in your room lower than 70 degrees F

4. Check your bedroom for electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) –caused from television, computers, cell phones, other electronics and even cables    in or near your bedroom.

5. Move alarm clock away from bed (approximately 3 feet away)–even the glow from them is disruptive to sleep.

If you are not sleeping enough, you are jeopardizing your health.  Everyone loses sleep here and there, but your body can adjust to temporary setbacks.  

We at Healthy Life Institute can help you if you suffer with chronic sleep patterns.  Give us a call at 801-358-4777 for a consultation by one of our Healthy Lifestyle Coaches.