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Does Lack of Sound Sleep Alter Memories And Perceptions?

20 Nov

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Ever had a dream so vivid that it seemed too real to be a dream? Or awakened all fuzzy headed after a night of fractured sleep? So fuzzy that you couldn’t remember where the coffee maker was? Of course you have. We all have.

But do altered sleep patterns effect your perception of reality? Cause a blurring of the boundary between dreams and real life? Create false memories? Maybe so.

A recent article by Art Markman, MD in Psychology Today discusses a study jointly done by the University of California, Irvine and Michigan State University where these relationships were explored. The study findings suggest that the sleep-deprived brain is not to be trusted.

Though no longer with us, The Nut had no such sleep or memory problems

Though no longer with us, The Nut had no such sleep or memory problems

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Forensic Psychiatry, Police Procedure

 

2 responses to “Does Lack of Sound Sleep Alter Memories And Perceptions?

  1. Pat Marinelli

    November 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Interesting! I must remember this.

    Sorry for your loss on The Nut. He was adorable in his crazy sleep position though.

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    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      November 21, 2014 at 10:03 am

      He was named The Nut for a reason. Very smart and could get into and out of anything. He broke out of the house and into the attic by ways we never figured out. He is missed greatly.

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