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Andire t1_je0k0md wrote

Could be. Your brain also goes through a ["wash cycle"](,occurs%20primarily%20during%20deep%20sleep.) while you sleep that gets rid of toxins and waste products. But only during deep sleep, so it's possible not having access to consistent deep sleep would lead to inflammation and either degradation or slower development of the outer brain tissue that's mostly in contact with the fluids being "cleaned". There was a really cool video/gif of a scan that captured this process, so I'll see if I can find it.

Edit: I found it! Attached to an article from NIH - "Discovering the Brain’s Nightly “Rinse Cycle”".


creamonbretonbussy t1_je14yhu wrote

For the past 6 years I've been cheated of a full "wash cycle"


Khfreak7526 t1_je2kjyo wrote

Going on 15 for me.


creamonbretonbussy t1_je2o3sm wrote

Anything in the way of tips?


Khfreak7526 t1_je2o90f wrote

No I've given up.


creamonbretonbussy t1_je3aa25 wrote

Damn. I'm sorry to hear that. I don't blame you one bit though, in my first 2 years I went through half a dozen doctors and got nowhere, so I've just about quit too.


Andire t1_je45cbh wrote

Highly recommend you see your Dr and ask about doing a sleep study. They'll be able to determine if you have a common sleep disorder like sleep apnea, or need to see someone else for further study. HIGHLY recommend!!


ObeyCoffeeDrinkSatan t1_je14yg7 wrote

This is weird. Whenever antidepressants kick in, for a couple of days I'll wake up and feel like my brain has been deep cleaned. Like it was filled with a cleaning fluid overnight. Had no idea it was actually a thing.


alwayslatetotheparty t1_je2jdzm wrote

Mind if I ask which one(s) you take?


ObeyCoffeeDrinkSatan t1_je3d2s0 wrote


I feel like it's most beneficial during that initial period when it kicks in. I've gone off and on it several times; additionally, alcohol seems to stop it working.

If they could somehow harness that consistently, it would be amazing.