Past research has claimed lack of sleep can cause memory loss. Now, in what is deemed a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the University of California-Irvine and Michigan State University suggest sleep deprivation could increase susceptibility to false memories. Sleep deprivation increased false memories in a misinformation task when participants were sleep deprived during event encoding, but did not have a significant effect when the deprivation occurred after event encoding.
With people getting fewer hours of sleep on average, and chronic sleep deprivation is on the rise, there will be implications for the reliability of eyewitnesses who may have experienced long periods of restricted or deprived sleep. Read more here: