Brain Rhythms During Sleep and Memory Consolidation: Neurobiological Insights

Physiology (Bethesda). 2020 Jan 1;35(1):4-15. doi: 10.1152/physiol.00004.2019.


Sleep can benefit memory consolidation. The characterization of brain regions underlying memory consolidation during sleep, as well as their temporal interplay, reflected by specific patterns of brain electric activity, is surfacing. Here, we provide an overview of recent concepts and results on the mechanisms of sleep-related memory consolidation. The latest studies strongly impacting future directions of research in this field are highlighted.

Keywords: EEG; memory; oscillations; reactivation; sleep.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology*
  • Circadian Rhythm / physiology
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Memory Consolidation / physiology*
  • Sleep / physiology*