Can you believe it… scientists have literally concluded that “brain washing” happens in your sleep and its actually good for you!
The latest scientific advances in brain research; sophisticated equipment and technology continually reveal new mind phenomena.
According to NIH (National Institute of Health), a latest scientific study reveals that “brain washing” takes place during sleep, efficiently clearing away toxic byproducts.
This study has created a whole new understanding of the “role” sleep plays in our lives.
Sleep provides the opportunity for the brain to consolidate memory and to supply a rest function; and it also plays a biological role of flushing out waste and toxins that build up in the brain while we are awake.
The study revealed that while we sleep a “network of tiny fluid filled channels” wash away toxins from the brain. Apparently, these brain channels expand by 60%, to allow cerebrospinal fluid to efficient wash away build-up of plaques, toxins and other byproducts.
And, this desirable form of “brain washing” apparently only happens; when the brain is in the state of sleep; is unconscious; during anaesthetic or in a coma.
This study also highlights the importance of getting enough sleep at night. When you suffer frequent bouts of insomnia you are missing out on the invaluable removal of toxins from the brain. This accounts for the fogginess, lethargy and many other conditions caused by lack of sleep.
In conclusion, Scientists have long known that certain neurological conditions such as Dementia, Alzheimers’ and Stroke can all be caused by and associated with, symptoms of insomnia and sleep disturbances.
Beneficial “brain washing” may also happen in hypnosis!
Furthermore, I believe this beneficial “brain washing” may also happen in hypnosis. After all, hypnosis is derived from “hypnos” a Greek word for sleep.
During hypnosis the brain also enters into an altered resting state, similar to sleep. This altered state of hypnosis can produce beneficial results far beyond the removal of neurotoxic waste products.
As a hypnotherapist I am privileged to have first hand evidence and invaluable feedback from clients, who have during hypnosis cleared old habits; such as smoking or gambling; or dispersed variety of negative emotions. My esteemed colleagues report similar results from clients from all walks of life.
Further reading on this subject:
BBC Health News UK
Written by: Katherine Ferris,