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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:35 AM

Mesmerising Video Shows Waves of Spinal Fluid Washing Over The Brain During Sleep




DAVID NIELD 11 NOV 2019

We are quite literally having our brains washed every night. Neuroscientists have now produced a fascinating video that shows this nocturnal pulsing process in action.

Waves of watery cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow over our brains, this latest study shows, pulsing rhythmically while we're snoozing, and at the same time clearing out any toxins that shouldn't be building up inside our heads.

The team behind these new insights says that the findings could help in the study of various neurological and psychological disorders, especially those associated with disrupted sleep patterns.

"We've known for a while that there are these electrical waves of activity in the neurons," says neuroscientist Laura Lewis from Boston University. "But before now, we didn't realise that there are actually waves in the CSF, too."

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https://www.sciencealert.com/mesmerising-video-shows-waves-of-spinal-fluid-washing-over-the-brain-during-sleep?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

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Judi Lynn Nov 11 OP
tblue37 Nov 11 #1
patricia92243 Nov 11 #2
lastlib Nov 11 #4
LiberalLoner Nov 11 #3
JudyM Nov 11 #5
eppur_se_muova Nov 12 #6

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 05:00 AM

1. K&R. nt

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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:09 AM

2. Wow! Explains why just a day or so without sleep makes a person have all

kinds of problems. Thanks for posting this.

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Response to patricia92243 (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:45 PM

4. Working on my honors thesis in college, I once went 70 hours without sleep.

At that point, I started having hallucinations of a sort, and knew then I HAD to get sleep. I have no doubt there is a connection between sleep deprivation and hallucinations of that sort, and it's certainly possible that phenomenon has a tie-in to it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:43 AM

3. Wow! I wonder what implications this might have for neurological diseases

Like MS? So fascinating, thanks for posting this!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:35 PM

5. Lack of sleep appears to be causally associated with dementia...

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Tue Nov 12, 2019, 11:06 AM

6. And every time they do, I have to get up and go to the bathroom. nt

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