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The importance of sleep

The importance of sleep

I read an interesting article this week about how the brain ‘cleans’ itself during sleep. The cells within the brain shrink and this increases the space between the neurons, which in turn allows fluid to ‘wash’ the brain. The Glymphatic System (or Glymphatic Clearance Pathway) works for the Neurological System the way the Lymphatic System works to help rid the body of toxins.

Dr Maiken Nedergaard from the University of Rochester, where the research has been carried out sums it up by saying “The brain only has limited energy at its disposal and it appears that it must choose between two different functional states – awake and aware or asleep and cleaning up”

It is no surprise then that sleep is essential to refresh the body and lack of sleep can make a person feel very tired and irritable. Insomnia can have many causes, some of which can be easily rectified – making sure the room you are sleeping in is quiet and dark, not eating too soon before sleep, avoiding drinking caffeinated drinks close to bedtime. Some medications can interrupt sleep patterns as can some illnesses such as asthma, indigestion, cramp etc. If you feel that these may be a cause then you should speak with your GP.

Other causes are less simple to fix alone – anxieties and stress from your daily life can prevent sleep and the more you try to sleep, the harder it becomes. At Sussex Hypnotherapy and Coaching, we understand the importance of sleep and we work with clients to understand what issues are preventing a good sleep and then with a mixture usually of coaching and hypnotherapy we look at the issues identified and explore ways to reduce the anxieties being felt and also to improve the quality of sleep.

If you would like to have a chat with us about insomnia or any other sleep issues you may be experiencing, please do get in touch for a no-obligation chat.


University of Rochester Medical Centre – “To sleep perchance to clean” – October 17, 2013
Wikipedia – Glymphatic System

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