Enhancing sleep slow waves with natural stimuli The importance of sleep

  title={Enhancing sleep slow waves with natural stimuli The importance of sleep},
  author={Guilio Tononi and Brady Alexander Riedner and Brad K. Hulse and Fabio Ferrarelli and Simone Sarasso},
During wakefulness, neural circuits in the brain undergo plastic changes, mainly in terms of modifications in the strength (or number) of synapses, which underlie learning and memory. The synaptic homeostasis hypothesis suggests that learning-related plastic changes result in a net increase in synaptic strength by the end of a waking day. However, stronger synapses need more energy, space, and cellular supplies, and continued strengthening may eventually saturate the ability to learn. Thus, a… CONTINUE READING
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