"We hear often that we need enough sleep and there's some pretty negative effects of not getting enough sleep," said psychiatry professor Wilfred Pigeon.
It's yet another reason to catch those z's. Scientists and sleep experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center conducted cutting-edge research that shows the brain uses sleep to get rid of waste molecules that have built up.
"During the day and work week, we're busy working, and don't take care of the cleaning efficiently," said URMC scientist Rashid Deane.
Scientists studied the brains of numerous mice in the lab and found that if the brain doesn't have a chance to clean out waste, it could affect the function of the cells.
The research is in its beginning stage but could lead to more information on how to prevent generative diseases like Alzheimer's.
"Waste product or build-up could affect neo-degeneration like we see in Alzeheimer's disease," Deane said.
Bottom line? Get between seven and eight hours of sleep every night.
"Damage of some kind could occur and we could potentially connect this to a number of disorders," Pigeon said.