Impaired off-line motor skills consolidation in young primary insomniacs

Nicola Cellini, Massimiliano de Zambotti, Naima Covassin, Michela Sarlo, Luciano Stegagno

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Abstract

Compelling evidence indicates that sleep can facilitate the off-line consolidation of declarative, perceptual, emotional and procedural memories. Here we assessed the sleep-related off-line consolidation of motor skills in 13 young primary insomniacs (23.31. ±. 2.5 yrs) compared to 13 healthy sleepers (24.31. ±. 1.6 yrs) using the sequential finger tapping task. During a training session insomniacs performed less correct sequences than controls. However, both groups exhibited similar on-line motor learning in the pre-sleep evening session. After a night of sleep, healthy controls improved their performance, indicating an overnight effect of sleep on motor skills consolidation. In contrast, insomniacs failed to exhibit a sleep-related enhancement in memory performance indicating impairment in the off-line motor skills consolidation process. Our results suggest that young adults with insomnia experience impaired off-line memory consolidation which seems not to be associated with reduced ability to acquire new motor information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalNeurobiology of Learning and Memory
Volume114
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Finger tapping task
  • Insomnia
  • Memory consolidation
  • Motor skills
  • Procedural memory
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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Impaired off-line motor skills consolidation in young primary insomniacs. / Cellini, Nicola; de Zambotti, Massimiliano; Covassin, Naima; Sarlo, Michela; Stegagno, Luciano.

In: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Vol. 114, 01.01.2014, p. 141-147.

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Cellini, Nicola ; de Zambotti, Massimiliano ; Covassin, Naima ; Sarlo, Michela ; Stegagno, Luciano. / Impaired off-line motor skills consolidation in young primary insomniacs. In: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 2014 ; Vol. 114. pp. 141-147.
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