You probably already know that missing sleep is bad for productivity. Maybe you’ve also heard that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call lack of sleep a public epidemic and links it to industrial disasters and chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. But it gets worse. A new study suggests it may damage your memory, too.
That’s according to researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine, who found participants deprived of sleep were more likely to stumble over the details of a simulated burglary they were shown in a series of images. “We found memory distortion is greater after sleep deprivation,” said Kimberly Fenn, MSU associate professor of psychology and co-researcher on the study. “And people are getting less sleep each night than they ever have.”
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