Abstract: During slumber, our brain engages in data analysis, from strengthening memories to solving problems.
Published: August 2008
Authors: Robert Stickgold and Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen
Link: Scientific American Mind
Very interesting article that will likely change the importance that you place on getting more than six hours of sleep! It does a great job at laying out the research in an informative manner that supports how sleep helps our brains consolidate and enhance memories as well as finding patterns on its own.