Sleeping-girlA good night’s sleep leads to greater consolidation of a newly learned motor task than performing the same task not followed by sleep, new research shows.

“I think sleep has always intrigued a lot of people because not everyone even today believes sleep contributes to useful active processing in the brain,” Karen Debas, PhD, neuropsychologist, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, told Medscape Medical News.

“So the fact that we found sleep contributes to the consolidation of memory is important and to prove that it is doing so is to understand the mechanisms that are taking place during sleep.”

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