Apr
16
2013

What would you do if you didn't have to sleep?

Sleeping? How quaint!: Why doesn't this guy just take a pill?
Sleeping? How quaint!: Why doesn't this guy just take a pill?Courtesy Stougard/Wikimedia Commons
If you don't have a lot of time, don't go to the BBC Future site. I made this mistake at bedtime recently--it was one of those "Oh, I'll just read a story or two" moments--and finally managed to extricate myself after two hours of reading link after link of their science and tech stories, too sleepy to continue but too fascinated to quit. So it seems appropriate that one of the links that caught my attention was
this one, from BBC Future's weekly Best of the Web feature.

To be fair, the essay here isn't scientific research, and it doesn't cite any sources. But it brings up some interesting ideas. Is "natural" sleep necessarily the best? If we can take a drug that does the same thing for our brains and bodies as sleeping, is there any reason we shouldn't? What if the sleep replacement wasn't a drug, but rather an external device?

Perhaps most importantly, what would you do if you didn't have to sleep? I obviously know what I'd be doing I'd be doing...

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