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This would change the world

phyrra pointed me to this article a while back. Turning off the body's need to sleep, or at least cutting it in half, would have an immeasurable impact on human society. Assuming no side effects, I can't imagine how some feel that this would be a bad thing.

I currently get about 6 hrs of sleep/day during the week, and am tired pretty much always. If I could be refreshed and invigorated with just 4 hrs of sleep then it would change my life. If this works then these people are going to become fabulously wealthy, though I imagine there will probably be some psychotic episodes among the first test groups as they find the optimal dosage. ;-)

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zotmeister
Mar. 13th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
"Scientists are hoping to build on the success of the drug Modafinil, a stimulant launched seven years ago which allows people to wake up refreshed after four hours of sleep."

SEVEN YEARS AGO?! And this is the first I've heard of it? Something is terribly wrong with this world, I'm telling you. - ZM
nihilus
Mar. 13th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
you need to read more scifi :P Specifically Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress.

But anyway, I don't really agree with the belief that reducing people's need for sleep would necessarily have any significant impact on society. It presupposes that the only reason people are unproductive is because they're sleeping, which flies in the face of my personal experience ;)

Since I'm also a lucid dreamer, I also tend to be a bit shocked at some peoples abhorrence to sleep as a "waste of time" and such. If I were sufficiently motivated I could most likely be similarly or even more productive in specific ways while asleep as I am awake, simply by properly utilizing the lucid periods. Also sleep for me tends to be one of the best entertainments I experience. Now if only I could enable the multiplayer mode and not have to deal with just really good simulacra...

You also might want to look into Polyphasic Sleep if you haven't already. What'd be interesting would be the combination of polyphasic sleep and Modafinil or such.
datan0de
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
But anyway, I don't really agree with the belief that reducing people's need for sleep would necessarily have any significant impact on society. It presupposes that the only reason people are unproductive is because they're sleeping, which flies in the face of my personal experience

Wha? I don't see any way in which increased productivity resulting from greater waking hours implies that sleep is the only reason for a lack of productivity.

I've looked into polyphasic sleep, and considered trying the Uberman sleep cycle, but decided that it probably wouldn't work out so well for me. I do seem to function a bit better when my sleep is broken into two periods per day (Kim did this for quite a while back when our work schedules were significantly different and we still went clubbing during the week), but typically it takes me so long to fall asleep in the first place that anything more than that would result in me spending roughly the same amount of time in bed overall. :-(
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