"Sleep researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health believe it is more evidence for their theory of 'synaptic homeostasis.' This is the idea that synapses grow stronger when we're awake as we learn and adapt to an ever-changing the environment, that sleep refreshes the brain by bringing synapses back to a lower level of strength. This is important because larger synapses consume a lot of energy, occupy more space and require more supplies, including the proteins examined in this study."
"Sleep — by allowing synaptic downscaling — saves energy, space and material, and clears away unnecessary 'noise' from the previous day, the researchers believe. The fresh brain is then ready to learn again in the morning" (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090402143455.ht...).
my brain goes down to sleep at night to commit and file my memories of the day, for area's to be selectively cleaned, for the brain and body in general to consume less energy and last longer/heal.
I can't hit a reboot button, it's not defrag- it's a complicated required process for living in a human skin.
You're right that brains don't need sleep because of nvidia drivers. But I think you can work a little harder to get the analogy.
Sleep does so many positive things its hard to fully understand how great it is for us.
Let whatever thoughts pop up pop up, acknowledge them, then let them go and return to neutral.
I find that this practice makes my brain feel cleaner and less burdened, like when you turn to a child that had been saying "mommy, mommy, mommy..." and ask them what they need.
Basically inbox zero for your brain.
There are many other meditative practices and techniques but I use this one fairly often.
I'm now convinced. Going to try it right now.
Are phones spontaneously rebooting?
I would be really worried if I started clearing nicely chunked pieces of garbage like things in my sleep.