An Exploration of Sleeps Effects on the Brain

2411 WordsJul 13, 201810 Pages
Coming from a teenager, sleep is a beautiful thing that when I wake up at noon it allows me to feel fully revived and ready to seize what is left of the day. The great historic, Benjamin Franklin, once said of sleep, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Nobody every really needed to prove the healthy part of his saying because most people know that after sleeping the body seems to gain energy. The second part to his statement probably could use a bit of proving because whenever I try that I never see a paycheck. The last part though is the part that I am most interested in, could having a better night’s sleep really make me a more intelligent individual? I didn’t know, the question nagged at my brain for a…show more content…
Although indisputable dreaming still leaves us a mystery because NO ONE knows what the purpose of it is. Aside from the obvious understanding sleep and its stages it is very important to understand the inner workings and their effect on the brain and body. The brain is by far the most complex instrument in the entire body, this is why many scientists have hade so much trouble studying and understanding it. Gary Jones, a P.H.D. in psychology , told me, “The brain is both beautiful and heart-wrenching, every time a medical professional discovers something new about the brain that they can prove it is considered a miracle in the medical industry.” A miracle, and understandably so the brain functions in ways that aren’t very similar to other parts of the body. Most all brain activity is transmitted via neurotransmitters, which gets the energy to do so from a glucose engine both of which affect the sleep cycle. To tell the truth I know exactly what your thinking, “I’ve heard of neurotransmitters but what the hell do they do?” I get it not exactly an in-depth from a high school biology class. Neurotransmitters are cells that the brain uses to communicate by releasing chemicals to be sent to other cells. Now these chemicals have some pretty crazy names like adenosine, gamma-aminobutyric acid, acetylcholine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and hypocretin that in the realm of things really aren’t to important. The important part is to know how they can
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