Acute dissociation after 1 night of sleep loss

Timo Giesbrecht, Tom Smeets, Jimmie Leppink, Marko Jelicic, Harald Merckelbach

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Recent research has shown that dissociative symptoms are related to self-reports of deviant sleep experiences. The present study is the 1st to explore whether sleep loss can fuel dissociative symptoms. Twenty-five healthy volunteers were deprived of sleep for 1 night. Sleepiness and dissociative symptoms were assessed every 6 hr. The authors measured both spontaneous dissociative symptoms and dissociative symptoms induced by dot-staring during sensory deprivation. Sleepiness as well as spontaneous and induced dissociative symptoms were stable throughout the day but increased during the night. These findings provide further evidence for a robust relationship between disruptions in sleep patterns and dissociative symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-606
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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    Giesbrecht, T., Smeets, T., Leppink, J., Jelicic, M., & Merckelbach, H. (2007). Acute dissociation after 1 night of sleep loss. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116(3), 599-606.