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Sleep deprivation 'could distort memory'

New research has revealed the possible detrimental impact of a lack of sleep on memory.

Carried out by researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of California, Irvine, the study showed that individuals who received five or fewer hours of sleep were less able to identify an individual in a live line-up based on images they had previously seen than those who were well rested.

MSU Today reports the results could have far-reaching impact for cases of wrongful prosecution, where individuals have been convicted based solely on eye witness evidence.

MSU associate professor of psychology and co-investigator on the study Kimberly Fenn commented: "People who repeatedly get low amounts of sleep every night could be more prone in the long run to develop these forms of memory distortion."

Individuals keen to achieve a more peaceful night's rest might like to consider investing in oxygen equipment to help them to drift off more easily of an evening.

Posted by Stewart ElliottADNFCR-2960-ID-801736990-ADNFCR

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