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October 19, 2013

Good night, sleep tight

NORMAN — The benefits of a good night’s sleep just got better. A new study led by scientists at the University of Rochester suggests that our brains go on a cleaning spree once we go to sleep.

The research suggests people who don’t sleep enough have trouble learning and making decisions and are slower to react. The research was on mice brains, and scientists found a network of plumbing that flushes our cellular waste.

The Associated Press reports that the brain cells tend to shrink during sleep and waste can pass through that space easier than when brains are awake

The research could provide clues about how to better treat Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.

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