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Does the Brain Need to Detox?

Yes! The brain is one of the body areas that accumulate the most toxins, so detoxification is vital for your cognitive and whole-body health. Our modern world is full of toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals; these neurotoxins can cause severe damage to the brain and central nervous system (CNS).


Luckily, a natural detoxification process is orchestrated by the brain’s glymphatic system every single night. Your glymphatic system operates like a plumbing system, and under the right circumstances, it will flush the brain with cerebral-spinal fluid, which helps clear toxins build up between brain cells. This build-up is associated with various neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. The key to activating your body’s natural glymphatic process is high-quality sleep.


Five Tips for Promoting Brain Detoxification While You Sleep


1. Sleep Quantity

Although the key to detoxing your brain while you sleep is sleep quality, there is no ignoring that quantity matters too. Giving your body at least seven whole hours asleep ensures it can go to work, flushing your brain with that precious cerebral spinal fluid to help clear out toxins and debris.

2. A Dark and Quiet Bedroom

Keeping your bedroom dark and quiet helps ensure you get a much deeper sleep. Studies suggest that the benefits of sleeping in a dark room go further than waking up feeling rested and included lower incidences of depression.

You don’t just want to fall and stay asleep but to reap the benefits of Deep and REM states of sleep which only occur when your sleep is induced in the right conditions and environment such as keeping electronics out of the room.

Noise also applies to electromagnetic frequencies, which you cannot visibly see, but your body feels and responds to them. Keeping the bedroom, a peaceful, technology-free environment will promote deeper sleep.

If you need to use light after dark, consider red light, a salt lamp, or old-fashioned candles.

3. Cool Room Temperature

Sleeping in a cool room helps promote deeper sleep. Many experts believe that sleep temperature is the most crucial factor in getting a good night’s sleep. Studies suggest that 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for quality sleep.

The human body is naturally programmed to experience a slight dip in core temperature in the evening, promoting the sleep cycle. Turning the thermostat down could help with temperature regulation and signal your body that it’s time for bed, which enables you to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

4. A Consistent Sleep Schedule

Your circadian rhythm operates like an orchestra conductor, telling your hormones when to release daytime or nighttime hormones. This rhythm is cyclical, and your routine will dictate when your body starts feeling tired and at what time you wake up. Therefore, routine is key, and keeping a regular sleeping and waking schedule is vital to setting a solid and stable circadian rhythm.

5. Avoid Stimulation

Too much stimulation before bed can prevent you from getting deep and restorative sleep. Therefore, it is best to avoid food, vigorous exercise, and artificial blue light within 2-3 hours before going to bed.


Our modern world is full of screens and lights, and most people don’t go to bed until many hours after sundown, especially in the shorter winter months. Opting for incandescent, red bulbs, or candles is one way to keep getting light after dark without the impact of blue light. You can also opt for blue light blocking glasses!


Larisa Belote, Health Practitioner & Certified Detox Specialist is a strong believer that your body is a smart machine and can heal itself given a chance and the right set of tools. Call/Txt 732.996.6963 or email: larisa@stepbystep-wellness.com for a FREE 20-minute consultation.


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