The End of Sleep?

By Deane Barker on December 28, 2007

Snorting a Brain Chemical Could Replace Sleep: I will volunteer for this test. I hate sleep. There has to be a loophole.

A nasal spray containing a naturally occurring brain hormone called orexin A reversed the effects of sleep deprivation in monkeys, allowing them to perform like well-rested monkeys on cognitive tests.

[…] Both Twery and Siegel noted that it is unclear whether or not treating the brain chemistry behind sleepiness would alleviate the other problems associated with sleep deprivation.

I hate having to sleep so much that I asked my coworkers once if “just a little bit of meth would be so bad.” I was only half-kidding.



  1. I am right with you. Have you read Nancy Kress’s “Beggars In Spain”? If not, you should hunt down a copy of the short story and read it (don’t bother with the novel; it adds a few hundred pages and no additional value).

  2. Are you kidding? Sleeping is one of my favorite parts of the day. Why would you want to skip the chance to shut down and rest?

  3. Why would you want to skip the chance to shut down and rest?

    Because I have stuff to do. Sleeping is a complete waste of time.

    When you say you like it, you really don’t. You’re not conscious for it. You like falling asleep, not being asleep.

    The price is high. For the few minutes of pleasure you get while you fall asleep, you have to pay with, like, eight hours of not getting anything done. That’s too much.

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