Sleep-dependent learning: a nap is as good as a night

@article{Mednick2003SleepdependentLA,
  title={Sleep-dependent learning: a nap is as good as a night},
  author={Sara C. Mednick and Ken Nakayama and Robert Stickgold},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  year={2003},
  volume={6},
  pages={697-698}
}
The learning of perceptual skills has been shown in some cases to depend on the plasticity of the visual cortex and to require post-training nocturnal sleep. We now report that sleep-dependent learning of a texture discrimination task can be accomplished in humans by brief (60– 90 min) naps containing both slow-wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. This nap-dependent learning closely resembled that previously reported for an 8-h night of sleep in terms of magnitude, sleep-stage… 

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