Your Brain Is A Dirty, Filthy Place. But Don’t Worry, Sleep Will Fix It

Want to be more effective at work? Turns out that your brain might make stuff that prevents you from being awesome. Here's how to fix it.

Ok. Sleep may clean up YOUR brain, but mine is a depraved cesspool. The answers to the sex questions on my OK Cupid account would suggest as much. So, no amount of sleep in the world will fix what’s wrong with me. But since you’re, thankfully, not like me, I have some good news that comes from the journal Science.

There’s an increasing body of evidence to support what your parents, teachers, and even your co-workers have been saying for years. No. I don’t mean, “If you keep making faces like that, your face will get stuck that way. I mean, you’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep.

As it turns out, your brain is like a toilet. Sexy, I know. And that toilet needs to be flushed. How does that flushing happen, and when does it take place? While you sleep. Didn’t you read the headline to this article?

(And yes, like any toilet, your brain could get backed up or run into other such problems, which may be a key reason for the development of brain disorders and diseases like Alzheimer’s.)

So, if you want to be awesome at your job, you’re going to need a good night’s sleep so your brain can flush what it needs to flush. And if you’re curious as to how you can improve the quality of your sleep, we have a post right here involving one Mr. Richard Simmons that will tell you exactly what you need to do. Or, you know, you can watch this handy video we embedded above.