Sleep is the Time that the Brain does Housecleaning.
"While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins.
During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours.
Research has found that 40 to 80 percent of people on the autism spectrum struggle to sleep.
These problems include waking early in the morning, waking frequently at night, not being able to fall asleep at night, sleeping for only short periods, daytime sleepiness, and irregular or erratic sleep patterns.
Many parents report that their children with autism struggle with bedtime meltdowns, inability to sleep in a bed, frequent night terrors, nighttime wandering or sleepwalking, and even binge eating at night.
All of these behaviors add up to lack of sleep for the entire family.
Children, both neurotypical and those with special needs, need sufficient sleep to grow and develop.
Slumber is necessary to allow the brain to clean up and reboot from the previous day’s activities.
Fluids flow within the lymphatic system or the spaces between neurons.
This is something like a waste disposal system, clearing out the waste products that brain cells generate when performing normal tasks.
Manual lymphatic massage or lymphatic drainage from jumping exercises is also helpful.
Transporting these waste materials requires a great deal of energy.
The interstitial spaces between brain cells become much larger during sleep, allowing fluid to flow more freely.
These channels increase by approximately 60% during sleep.
YOUR BRAIN CLEANS ITSELF BEST WITH THE RIGHT KIND OF SLEEP
How deep we sleep can affect our brain’s ability to efficiently wash away waste and toxic proteins.
“The synchronized waves of neural activity during deep slow-wave sleep, specifically firing patterns that move from front of the brain to the back, coincide with what we know about the flow of CSF in the glymphatic system.”
“It appears that the chemicals involved in the firing of neurons, namely ions, drive a process of osmosis which helps pull the fluid through brain tissue.”
It is very important that you understand how to improve the lymph-brain connection to help your child have a better quality of life.
The lymphatic system plays a large role in reducing cellular waste that creates inflammation in the body and brain."
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