Feb 9 2015 170 1

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Most people think that when you sleep, your brain goes to sleep, too.  But it turns out that parts of your brain are more active at night than during the daytime.  One of them is a newly discovered drainage system called the glymphatic system, which is like your city's sewage and recycling system:  its job is to clear out and recycle all your brain's toxins.  One protein recycled during sleep is involved in developing amyloid plaque, the hallmark of alzheimer's.  No one is saying that alzheimer's is all caused by sleep deprivation, but it may be a factor.

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