Sleeping brain, learning brain. The role of sleep for memory systems

  • Peigneux P
  • Laureys S
  • Delbeuck X
 et al. 
  • 28


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 191


    Citations of this article.


The hypothesis that sleep participates in the consolidation of recent memory traces has been investigated using four main paradigms: (1) effects of post-training sleep deprivation on memory consolidation, (2) effects of learning on post-training sleep, (3) effects of within sleep stimulation on the sleep pattern and on overnight memories, and (4) re-expression of behavior-specific neural patterns during post-training sleep. These studies convincingly support the idea that sleep is deeply involved in memory functions in humans and animals. However, the available data still remain too scarce to confirm or reject unequivocally the recently upheld hypothesis that consolidations of non-declarative and declarative memories are respectively dependent upon REM and NREM sleep processes.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Get full text


  • Philippe Peigneux

  • Steven Laureys

  • Xavier Delbeuck

  • Pierre Maquet

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free