Practice with Sleep Makes Perfect Sleep-Dependent Motor Skill Learning

  title={Practice with Sleep Makes Perfect Sleep-Dependent Motor Skill Learning},
  author={M. Walker and Tiffany A. Brakefield and A. Morgan and J. Hobson and R. Stickgold},
  • M. Walker, Tiffany A. Brakefield, +2 authors R. Stickgold
  • Published 2002
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Neuron
  • Improvement in motor skill performance is known to continue for at least 24 hr following training, yet the relative contributions of time spent awake and asleep are unknown. Here we provide evidence that a night of sleep results in a 20% increase in motor speed without loss of accuracy, while an equivalent period of time during wake provides no significant benefit. Furthermore, a significant correlation exists between the improved performance overnight and the amount of stage 2 NREM sleep… CONTINUE READING
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