Monday, November 4, 2019

Coupled Electrophysiological, Hemodynamic, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Oscillations in Human Sleep

 


As someone who was diagnosed as a sufferer of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), I’ve become passionate about the importance of sleep and what a good night’s sleep can do for our bodies.

I’ve always been a Type A person and have pushed myself harder than necessary when it comes to sleep.  When I was younger, it was not uncommon for me to run on 4 to 6 hours of sleep on a regular basis.  My motto was a the ever popular “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”.  Unfortunately my ignorance of proper sleep eventually caught up with me.  This was especially true when I discovered that I had a genetically narrow airway.  Combining lack of proper sleep with the fact that even when I WAS sleeping I wasn’t getting restful sleep became a recipe for health problems later on.

Since I was diagnosed, I’ve taken a great interest in sleep and the importance of it for our overall health.

I recently came across a pretty interesting study about the movement of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) during sleep.  It seems that while we sleep, our brain allows CSF to circulate more readily around the brain  and this allows different types of chemicals to be removed.  Many of these chemicals are one associated with memory problems.  The point being that even more information about sleep and its relation to health is being discovered.

The study is pretty fascinating reading.  It can be found at this link.  

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