Writer Lynne Spreen has a great blog for Boomers called AnyShinyThing.com Here’s a quote from her post today which is relevant to all insomniacs, even you young’uns:
… did you know that your brain cleanses itself during certain sleep cycles? Not having a lymphatic system to carry out the trash, our brains shrink during the night, allowing spinal fluid to wash the area and remove the detritus of the day. When we don’t sleep well, this process, one of many, doesn’t run optimally.
Interesting, huh? Having had some trouble keeping my lymph system up to snuff, I know how much better my body feels when it is working productively. What goes for a clean body should work for a clean mind.
But! I’m a bit worried about this “removal of detritus” stuff. I have trouble keeping track of the days as it is. And would a good cleansing remove some of my juicier favorites?
For instance, the UK has a phrase not heard in the US. “Bloody Norah!” seems to be on the swear scale somewhere between, “I’m be damned” and “What the fuck?” I first heard it when a friend in Wales said it (Dave Jackson, come on down!). He was viewing a photo of me after enough weight loss to no longer mistake me for a humpback whale.
“BLOODY NORAH!” he exclaimed. That is about my favorite compliment ever. Certainly my favorite use of a less-than-polite phrase.
I’d sure hate it if a good night sleep resulted in that memory being cleansed away.