08/17/2015 08:09 am ET

This Is Your Brain On Sleep

It's definitely not resting while you do.

It turns out the brain does some of its best work when we're at rest.

Over the years, scientific studies have found that during our natural sleep cycles, our brains jump into action to perform many of the duties that make us who we are when we're awake. From forming and storing long-term memories to making decisions and clearing our neurotoxins, the brain's lengthy, nighttime to-do list proves just how important it is that we log the appropriate amount of shut-eye each night.

So check out this fun, animated short and get to dreamin'! 

Video created by Kriti Kaur.

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