Monday, November 20th, 2006

Life without sleep


Sound far-fetched? Not according to the New Scientist. There’s a new drug called modafinil that is part stimulant and part sleep-banisher. The American military has been working on ways to keep their pilots in the air and combat-ready for 3 day stretches (with some unpleasant results) and it’s only a matter of time before business demands the same of the workforce.

Personally, I’m a pretty light sleeper but I don’t have any real desire to be up and active 24/7. I don’t buy that the human body can handle it minus any consequences. I also used to work midnight shifts, and I can tell you there’s nothing worse than seeing the clock hit 4:00 am and realize you still have half your workday to slog through.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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