Most people know sleep is important for being healthy. However, the impact sleep has on the brain has been found to be quite significant. Scientists and researchers in Sweden have learned that sleep is essential for healthy brain cell activity due to a study that produced remarkable evidence about two important biomarkers found in the blood that prove certain aspects of biological activity in the body.
Scientists conducted a study that included fifteen healthy young men. Of these men, half did not sleep for a night while the others were allowed to sleep for eight hours. When blood tests were performed, the men experiencing sleep deprivation were found to have neuro-specific enolase and calcium binding proteins in their blood, two molecules found also in the blood of individuals that have sustained brain damage.
Sleep loss is thought to contribute to neurodegenerative issues of the brain. Adequate sleep is essential for optimum brain health. Studies have also found evidence proving how the brain undergoes waste cleansing on a cellular level during sleep. For example, the protein amyloid beta, a form of neuro-cellular waste, accumulates in the brain, a factor considered to promote the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease.