Thanks for citing the references. Both papers show evidence that there
is consolidation during sleep, but the results may be confounded by a
general decline in performance due to lack of sleep. Anyways, Im
thinking how to incorperate these findings into my theory about sleep...
After considering the phenomenon of "rebound" (lack of sleep compensated
by sleeping more later), it seems that sleep may consist of both creation
and elimination of synaptic connections. Thus rebound means that too much
synapses have accumulated that need to be cleared up.
Any thoughts? =)