It’s long been known that sleep, much like eating or breathing, is a vital process for humans and animals. Insufficient shut-eye in people impairs cognition, curbs energy levels, and has been linked to a bevy of illnesses. But while scientists have explored myriad mechanisms that might explain why sleep is so critical, they’ve yet to come up with a firm answer. Now, new research offers yet another compelling theory: sleep allows our brains to clean themselves up.
V.F. contributing illustrator Joe McKendry, co-founder of We Art Boston, and 50 other well-known children’s book artists will be auctioning original works of art tomorrow to raise money for the Emergency and Trauma Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital.