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Your mind is like  busy highway, using more than a quarter of your body's overall energy. By the end of each day, the brain produces waste that needs to be cleaned.
 
New, on-going research finds that the way the brain cleans that end of the day waste is through a complex process called the glymphatic system. Experts believe that understanding how the brain rids the body of the waste may also lead to additional findings about degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
 
While scientists are still pursuing this study, they are able to recommend ways you can now apply to daily life to keep a clean brain: watching your blood pressure, regular exercise, and eating good nutritious food such as vegetables, healthy fats and antioxidants. They also suggest that sleep should be prioritized in your daily routine.
 
Similar to a typical cleaning crew, the glymphatic system removes waste after hours when your day’s work is done. While you sleep, the space between brain cells increases by up to 60% allowing more fluid to pump though and drive the clearance of waste.
 
For adults who find it hard to sleep, sleep specialist W. Christopher Winder, M.D. recommends to have a regular sleep schedule, including naps that you may take during the day. You can also sleep in the position you are most comfortable in. Winter states that sleeping on your left side and may be better for maximizing circulation though your body.
 
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