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?
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