Sleep Loss and Memory

Studies show that lack of sleep can contribute to substantial memory loss and forgetfulness. Individuals kept awake for 24 hours, or even those allowed five or fewer hours of sleep, were more likely to confuse details of events than participants who had a good rest. There are very few studies have investigated whether sleep deprivation contributes to not only memory loss, but false memories (the recall of an event that never happened). The experiment required all participants to read narratives of eyewitness statements that gave different information to what the crime photos showed. For example, one of the statements said a thief put a stolen wallet in the pocket of his pants, when the photo showed he put it in his jacket. Participants were then asked to recall what was shown in the photos. Due to this lack of sleep, little details such as this were distorted.

Reaction: I find this article to be commonly true. As a high school student with extra curricular activities and a job, getting enough sleep day to day is a challenge. From personal experiences, I support this study and agree with the evidence that proves this to be accurate. I find it extremely fascinating that due to sleep loss, people can create memories that never even occurred or even picture things that weren't even present in the moment. Due to the distorted view these people were experiencing, their minds had subconsciously created things that simply weren't there. At first it was seen as a psychological problem, but further studies have proven that less than 5 hours of sleep will contribute to memory loss upon waking up.

All in all, this experiment/article did not surprise me much. It is clear that this a study that should be looked into even further and have other experiments practiced regarding this loss in memory due to  a lack of sleep.

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