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The Role of Sleep in Motor Learning
Rajprasad Loganathan
The Johns Hopkins University
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, The University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, Kansas 66160
Numerous factors affect motor learning, and its subsequent consolidation into effortlessly retrievable motor memories. Evidence from sleep research suggests a role for sleep in motor learning and motor memory consolidation. Optimal motor performance on a recently learned task is facilitated by sleep-mediated consolidation of motor memories. Yet, sleep independent motor memory consolidation occurs for few tasks and do not appear to hamper performance. Growing evidence, however, is suggestive of a facilitative role for sleep in motor learning. Meanwhile the mechanisms underlying sleep-mediated consolidation of motor memories are not clear, and the possible relevance of hippocampus to motor memory in the context of sleep-state awaits exploration.

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