Scientists and researchers started exploring the subject of sleep in 1729, and they have learned quite a bit about the physiological processes and the different stages that occur throughout the sleep cycle.
During the course of the day, the brain, along with just about every organ in the human body, excretes surplus or toxic substances known as metabolic wastes as part of normal functioning. This is referred to as the Glymphatic System (or in layman’s terms, the body’s personal janitor). The Lymphatic System is responsible for the clean up of this waste for almost everywhere else in the body except the brain, which has its own specialized system.
There are hollow spaces called ventricles located within the brain parenchyma (the Ventricular System), and they consist of two lateral ventricles, the third ventricle, the cerebral aqueduct, and the fourth ventricle.
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced in the Ventricular System. CSF flows through the four ventricles until it makes its way outside of the brain, eventually surrounding and saturating the brain.
About ten percent of the total fluid volume in the cranial cavity is CSF. During the day, that number is replaced around four different times
One of the functions of CSF is to literally bathe the brain. It starts by flowing in a space just above the cranium before making its way into the brain tissues. This process was thought to be random until 2012 when researchers learned differently. They discovered that sometimes it is, but other times it purposefully and quickly penetrates into the brain tissue and then exits just as purposefully and quickly. During this process, metabolic wastes and CSF are cleared out of the brain.
This janitorial process involving cells and structures responsible for facilitating this movement almost exclusively happens at night while you are sleeping. This means when you don’t get enough sleep, metabolites get jammed on and inside your brain. Your brain desperately needs you to get a good night’s sleep so CSF can be flushed out, which will allow itself to be refreshed and agile in the morning.
Anyone who has tried to soothe a crying baby at 3:00 in the morning, watched a movie into the wee hours, or has studied late into the evening for a final exam the next day knows that operating at full efficiency with little to no sleep is almost impossible.
The hippocampus is another important structure of the brain and is part of the Limbic System. It plays an essential and vital role in converting short term memories into long term memories.
Sleep is crucial for this conversion process. When you sleep at night, memory consolidation improves. Studies have shown that well rested people routinely outperform those who are sleep deprived. Getting a full night’s sleep not only helps rid metabolic wastes accumulated during the day, but it also helps convert your daily experiences and everything you learned that day into long term memories that can be utilized later.
Ironically, students who stay up all night studying for a test the next morning are more likely to perform more poorly and make a worse grade than if they had just gotten a full night’s sleep!
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The Sleeping Mask is perfect for anyone who finds themselves needing a power nap during lunch or between classes. It’s also great for those who find it difficult to fall asleep at night when a spouse or roommate insists on illuminating your sleep space with the tv or computer.
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The Sleep Connection Watch is a must have if you are a snorer. If you share a sleep space with someone, be kind and wear this watch!
Our Anti-Snore Wristband is made with a scientifically designed biosensor that can detect and distinguish loud snores. When it does, it automatically sends natural ,smooth electrical pulses without disturbing your normal sleep. These pulses gently help you reposition your body and your jaw for better airflow which helps to prevent snoring.
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The Cool Mist Humidifier effectively releases moisture into the air without changing the room temperature. Sleeping in a room with our Cool Mist Humidifier can be helpful in easing
respiratory and sinus discomfort associated with colds, coughs, and other illnesses. It can also help reduce snoring by relieving dry airways and nasal cavities which can be the cause of snoring.
Our humidifier is great for anyone, but is especially ideal for students because it’s:
Melatonin Patches are beneficial for teens and adults who experience low natural melatonin levels. Sleep Connection Melatonin Patches deliver a unique combination of calming herbs that absorb into the skin to provide you with the deep sleep your brain craves. You’ll fall asleep gently and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start your day!
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