Neuroscientist and Sleep Neurophysiologist
The weight of waking and the reasons for sleeping
Sleeping is a universal phenomenon, strictly regulated, and we all can appreciate the refreshing value of a goods sleep. However, the reasons why sleep is so essential for the functioning of our brain is still a mystery. The hypothesis of “synaptic homeostasis” claims that sleep is the price to be paid for allowing our brain to learn new things, strengthen major memories and forget unimportant stuff.