Does the brain shut down and become inactive during sleep?

Does the brain shut down and become inactive during sleep?

Posted On - November 29, 2017

The answer? No it doesn’t! In fact, the brain is very busy during sleep. It processes information on what was going on and cements these into your long term memory. But what else does the brain do while you’re asleep?

  1. The brain clears out toxic proteins that can lead to dementia over time
  2. The brain locks in what you have learnt
  3. The brain preserves the important memories and experiences
  4. The brain helps you keep chronology straight, meaning it replays memories of your day.
  5. The brain also prevents you from acting out your dreams

But what happens when your brain doesn’t get enough sleep?

  1. Lack of alertness – attention to detail
  2. Impaired memory – unable to think or remember
  3. Relationship stress – moodiness which can cause conflict
  4. Quality of life – unable to participate in daily activities
  5. Likelihood of an accident – drowsiness and concentration lacking

What happens when your brain doesn’t get any sleep?

  1. Loss of memory
  2. Anger
  3. Impaired judgment
  4. Hallucinations
  5. Head in the clouds
  6. False memories
  7. Cerebral Shrinkage
  8. Slurred speech
  9. Decision making ability diminishes
  10. Risky decisions
  11. Brain damage

So what can we do to ensure our brain gets enough sleep? The answer – to build a good sleeping habit and ensure you’re sleeping in a comfortable environment including a comfortable mattress!

Click on the link below to go to one of our earlier blogs to view some suggestions to build a healthy sleeping habit.