Chances are, you already know a good night's sleep is beneficial to your day-to-day life. But it turns out, sleep might also help prevent a serious health problem later on. Namely, Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's, of course, is a disease that affects the brain. And brain scientist Jeffrey Iliff said that getting enough sleep is so important for brain health because the brain purges a toxin that is linked to Alzheimer's throughout the night. Getting a poor night's sleep can affect the brain system's ability to eliminate the toxin. And if the system is not able to properly purge the toxin, it could potentially put the person at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer's.
Researchers haven't been able to prove why sleep is so valuable to health. But there's definitely a lot of evidence to show that it is paramount. So enjoy catching those extra Z's! It'll pay off big later on.
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