Blow the Mind: Sleep No More


Sleep. No. More.
Sleep. No. More.
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What if you could take a pill and skip a night's sleep without any side effects?

It may sound impossible, but the age of sleep replacement drugs is just around the corner.

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the wages of sleep deprivation and how our attempts to elude the sandman can end in madness and death. And just how might DARPA-funded meds might let us dodge those 40 winks?

We'll break down the science of it and speculate on what such ground-breaking pills might do to our bodies and our very culture.

If you could turn-off sleep, would you?

STREAM THE EPISODE RIGHT HERE: [audio http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/podcasts.howstuffworks.com/hsw/podcasts/sciencelab/2012-09-18-stbym-sleep-no-more.mp3]

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.