Sleep Loss May Result Into Distorted Memory

By on July 23, 2014

According to a new study, lack of sleep, which is already considered as a public health epidemic can also result in creating errors in your memory.

This study was conducted by Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. Study was published online in the journal Psychological Science.

Sleep Loss - Distorted MemoryKimberly Fenn, is co-investigator of this study, and also an associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University. Remaining investigators of this study are Steven Frenda and Elizabeth Loftus from University of California, Irvine

The participants of this study were shown series of images about stimulated burglary. And Findings of the study showed that participants who were deprived of nighttime sleep were more likely to make mistakes in providing details of stimulated burglary.

The consequences of distorted memory can be serious in the fields such as Criminal Justice. In this field of criminal justice, one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions in America is misidentifications by eyewitness (which can be caused to distorted memory).

Kimberly Fenn said that distorted memory is more in person after having lack of sleep. And people are sleeping for less time every night than they ever have.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lack of sleep is an epidemic, which is related to vehicular accidents, industrial accidents, and chronic health conditions like diabetes, and high blood pressure levels.

Findings of the experiments conducted by Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine showed that participants who were awake for 24 hours, and who slept only for five or fewer hours were more likely to mix up event details, when compared to participants who slept well.

Kimberly Fenn said that people who sleep for fewer hours every might are more prone to develop forms of distortions of memory in long run. But, not having a full night sleep deprivation can result increasing this risk of memory distortion.