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According to a new study from researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine, a lack of sleep may cause you to develop memories of events that never actually happened. Stephen Frenda, who helped lead the study, explains he wanted to look specifically at how sleep loss affects people’s recollections of detailed events. One group was allowed to go to sleep; the other group had to stay awake all night in the lab. Previous sleep deprivation studies have shown that a lack of sleep can affect both your long-term and short-term memory and hunger levels, and can result in a loss of brain cells.

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