A recent study suggests a connection between the slow waves of deep sleep and a cleaning process likely clearly some of the accumulation of brain toxins, include beta-amyloid. So it is recommended that aging people try to sleep as healthy as possible.
Here are links to three media articles about the work:
How Deep Sleep May Help The Brain Clear Alzheimer’s Toxins
Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain
Sleep may trigger rhythmic power washing in the brain
And here is a link to the research study:
Coupled electrophysiological, hemodynamic, and cerebrospinal fluid oscillations in human sleep
All links have been added to Neuro-Psych