One more reason to get a good night’s sleep……
We spend about a third of our lives asleep but until recently we have known virtually nothing about why we do.
For decades sleep disturbance has been known to effect academic and athletic performance as well as health but how has not been clear.
Jeff Iliff’s concise 12minute Ted talk describes how his groups research is coming closer to showing exactly why we sleep and also how sleep improves performance.
Further reading recommended…
Brain drain — “Glymphatic” pathway clears amyloid-beta, requires water channel Esther Landhuis Alzforum, August 17, 2012
Spinal fluid flush: Visualizing the brain drain with MRI Rachel Tompa Alzforum, March 1, 2013
From ApoE to zzz’s — Does sleep quality affect dementia risk? Esther Landhuis Alzforum, October 25, 2013
Garbage truck of the brain Maiken Nedergaard Science, June 28, 2013
Sleep it out Suzana Herculano-Houzel Science, October 18, 2013
To sleep, perchance to clean Science, December 20, 2013