Everyone has the occasional sleepless night.  And if you find the next day you feel a little beaten up you aren’t completely wrong.

A recent study on healthy young men recently found a spike in the same chemicals in the blood of a sleep deprived person that would normally be found a person who had suffered a head trauma like concussion. Turns out that during regular sleep our brains actually clean itself of toxins and if it is unable to do this due to a lack of sleep studies have found that participants actually lost brain tissue which long term can lead to a myriad of diseases.

The ultimate conclusion is that in order to maintain good brain health adults need to get regular, good sleep.

In fact, there are many in the scientific community who are of the opinion that irregular sleep patterns can also lead to symptoms varying from pain and aches to heart disease and even lower a person’s IQ the day following a poor night sleep.