Sleep, memory, and plasticity.

  title={Sleep, memory, and plasticity.},
  author={Matthew P. Walker and Robert Stickgold},
  journal={Annual review of psychology},
Although the functions of sleep remain largely unknown, one of the most exciting hypotheses is that sleep contributes importantly to processes of memory and brain plasticity. Over the past decade, a large body of work, spanning most of the neurosciences, has provided a substantive body of evidence supporting this role of sleep in what is becoming known as sleep-dependent memory processing. We review these findings, focusing specifically on the role of sleep in (a) memory encoding, (b) memory… 

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