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Posted on 09-15-2017

Why Do You Feel Tired & the Need to Sleep?

Other rejuvenating aspects of sleep are specific to the brain and cognitive function. For example, while we are awake, neurons in the brain produce adenosine, a by-product of the cells' activities. The build-up of adenosine in the brain is thought to be one factor that leads to our perception of being tired. (Incidentally, this feeling is counteracted by the use of caffeine, which blocks the actions of adenosine in the brain and keeps us alert.) Scientists think that this build-up of adenosine during wakefulness may promote the "drive to sleep." As long as we are awake, adenosine accumulates and remains high. During sleep, the body has a chance to clear adenosine from the system, and, as a result, we feel more alert when we wake.

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A resource from the Division of Sleep Medicine at 
Harvard Medical School

Produced in partnership with WGBH Educational Foundation

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At Cote Wellness, we take great pride in educating our patients with the newest and best advances for their health. We have created a series of videos to help you through all stages of life. Let me help you achieve a better night sleep through the power of triangle breathing technique.

  • Calm the Body
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  • Fall Asleep Faster
  • Get a Deeper Night's Sleep

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