Sleep, Memory and Synaptic Plasticity

  • Sushil K. Jha
  • Vibha M. Jha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Laura Burton Faina Kurdziel
    Pages 1-39
  3. Usha Panjwani, Meetu Wadhwa, Koushik Ray, Krishna Kishore
    Pages 41-56
  4. Nirinjini Naidoo
    Pages 57-76
  5. Marcos G. Frank
    Pages 107-124
  6. Daniela Tempesta, Valentina Socci, Luigi De Gennaro, Michele Ferrara
    Pages 125-170
  7. L. D. Sanford, L. L. Wellman, G. Lonart, R. J. Ross
    Pages 171-197
  8. Munazah F. Qureshi, Deepika Kant, Sushil K. Jha
    Pages 199-226
  9. Shweta Tripathi, Shweta Tripathi, Anjali, Sushil K. Jha
    Pages 227-254

About this book


Over the years there has been growing interest among the scientific community in investigating sleep and how it affects the memory and other brain functions. It is now well established that sleep helps in memory consolidation and induction of neural plasticity, and that short-term deprivation of either total sleep or rapid eye movement sleep alone can induce memory deficits very quickly. Quantitative and qualitative changes in sleep architecture after different training tasks further suggest that discrete memory types may require specific sleep stage/s for optimal memory consolidation, and studies indicate that sleep deprivation alters synaptic plasticity and membrane excitability in the hippocampal neurons and synaptic up-scaling in the cortical neurons. Further, sleep alteration during pregnancy may increase the risk of depression and adversely affect maternal-child relationships, parenting practices, family functioning, and children's development and general wellbeing. 

This book coherently discusses all these aspects, with a particular focus on the possible role of sleep in memory consolidation and synaptic plasticity. It also highlights the detrimental effects of sleep loss on mental health, the immune system and cognition.

This book is a valuable reference resource for students and researchers working in the area of sleep, memory, or neuronal plasticity.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sushil K. Jha
    • 1
  • Vibha M. Jha
    • 2
  1. 1.Sleep Research Laboratory, School of Life SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Sleep Research Laboratory, School of Life SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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