Consistent good-quality sleep allows us to rest, consolidate memories, and process the previous days events. Scientists have found that it is during sleep that the brain removes toxins and metabolic products via the glymphatic system. If the glymphatic system isnt able to clean up neurotoxic waste products, these can build up in the brain and possibly contribute to neurodegenerative disorders.
The glymphatic system works very similar to other lymphatic systems in the body. The main difference is that it is an under-the-skin connection that is active during sleep.
Sleep stimulates the release of hormones such as growth hormone, human growth hormone, serotonin, melatonin, and cortisol. It has been proven that hormone levels are high when you sleep, and hormone levels are low when you are awake and actively engaged in an activity.
When we sleep, our brain is protected from toxins by the muscles surrounding the brain.
The more we sleep, the more the brain is protected from toxins. Studies have shown that by sleeping for an average of 7.5 hours per day, we can get away with sleeping only 5.5 hours per day to get the same results. The brain has a high density of hormones during sleep and because of this, neuro-protection is more important than normal waking hours.
The other benefit of sleeping is that when we sleep, the whole body is on automatic pilot. Your body is able to shut down the unnecessary functions and return to its original functioning, in order to get back to sleep. Since the entire body is on auto pilot, you can get away with sleeping less. Studies have shown that if you sleep 7.5 hours per day, you can get away with sleeping 4.5 hours per day, or even 4 hours per night without having your health dramatically change.
The best way to see the results for yourself is to take advantage of sleep to study anti-aging practices. You can study the different ways to sleep by sleeping and the differences between them.
The best time to take advantage of this opportunity is during your mid-thirties. When you are in your mid-thirties, you should consider sleeping between 6-7 hours per day. For you, you can increase the amount of hours slept if you can get the help of a buddy or with the use of a supplement that provides your required hours. Some people use alarm clocks during the night, that is very important to realize that the clock works slower. If you stay up late, you will not be able to get in the desired amount of hours and you will most likely not wake up early enough to enjoy the benefits. If you use a buddy, you can take turns sleeping with him/her, so that you do not have to wake up early.