Sleep Helps Your Brain Remember. Can It Help Your Immune System Remember, Too? has been shown to help transform fresh, fragile short-term memories into long-term ones. Is it possible, though, that sleep’s memory-boosting effect isn’t limited to the brain? Let’s start with the immune system: When a virus or bacteria enters the body, it is engulfed by an antigen-presenting cell that stores the specific antigenic information.

That’s the hypothesis from a team of researchers, published today in an opinion article in the journal Trends in Neurosciences, who believe that sleep also plays an essential role in the immune system’s memory formation process, much in the same way as it does in the central nervous system.


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