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Will we ever be able to live without sleep ?


Posted on Tuesday, 22 September, 2015 | Comment icon 59 comments

We spend a third of our lives in a state of blissful unconsciousness. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Transhumanists have been looking towards a future in which a person could spend their entire life awake.
There's no denying that sleeping takes up rather a lot of our time. If the average person lives for somewhere around 80 years then they will have spent 25 of that asleep in their bed.

If we could find a way to remove the need for sleep then we would have more time to life our lives without it being wasted in a state of unconsciousness. But is such a thing really feasible ?

It is a problem that transhumanists have been contemplating for years.

Transhumanism is essentially an intellectual and cultural movement dedicated to improving the human condition through technological advancements. Finding a way to help us live longer, more healthier lives has been one of their primary goals for years.
Removing the need for sleep entirely however is proving a tough nut to crack. Sleep is essential to the human body, not just to rest our brains and to replenish our energy reserves but to enable crucial healing and other constructive processes within the body that we can't live without.

Scientists have devised a number of possible sleep enhancement techniques over the years but none have so far offered the ultimate dream of going without any sleep at all.

Neuroscientist Giovanni Santostasi for instance has come up with a way to enhance sleep using a process called Phase Locked Loop which locks on to EEG frequencies in a patient and presents an acoustic stimuli designed to make it possible for someone to get by with less sleep.

Even DARPA has been working on the problem with their "Somneo Sleep Trainer" device which can help to place someone in to a more useful stage of sleep more quickly than would occur naturally.

Whether the need for sleep can ever be removed entirely however remains to be seen.


Source: Raw Story | Comments (59)


Tags: Transhumanism, Sleep


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Comment icon #50 Posted by psyche101 on 29 September, 2015, 7:07
Yes 7 of 9. She wasn't so sexy when she wasn't human though. I dunno mate, boobs is boobs Yes some of our countries have managed to create labour laws that are not so draconian, but I would remind you that we are the exception not the norm. Much of the rest of the world people pretty much work all the time. Karoshi https://en.m.wikiped...ki/Kar?shi I do not see Japan as being "the norm" Nobody in the US, Australia, India, New Zealand or the UK would work hours like those described by Karoshi, if anything, the perceived phenomenon has introduced better standards, which can only continue to get ... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by psyche101 on 29 September, 2015, 7:15
Personally, I would much rather work from, say 11:00-7:00 to fit my circadian rhythm. That perfect job hasn't materialized yet... For me the perfect job would be hours from 11am to 2pm, 4 mil a year, Veyron as company vehicle, penthouse as company residence and offices that I have to visit in every major country on earth with Kate Upton as my PA. Having a spot of trouble finding my perfect job too!!
Comment icon #52 Posted by lorimommy3 on 29 September, 2015, 11:28
Oh wouldn't that be fabulous!! Although, sleeping and eating should probably be categorized into the things we like to do.. However, it seems like a big time sucker.. I would like my cake and to be able to eat it too.... to be able to only do those things when I so choose
Comment icon #53 Posted by Render on 29 September, 2015, 17:13
So then what? Our working days will be a standard 18 hours or more? If you're awake, you might as well work yourself to death eh.
Comment icon #54 Posted by White Crane Feather on 29 September, 2015, 19:50
I dunno mate, boobs is boobs I do not see Japan as being "the norm" Nobody in the US, Australia, India, New Zealand or the UK would work hours like those described by Karoshi, if anything, the perceived phenomenon has introduced better standards, which can only continue to get better. Countries that suffered such loses have taken measures to better the conditions, for instance, after Toyota lost a Karoshi case, they introduced a new company law that does not allow any employee to work more overtime than 360 hours in a year. I was just offering that as an example of how the strive to become bet... [More]
Comment icon #55 Posted by psyche101 on 30 September, 2015, 0:09
So then what? Our working days will be a standard 18 hours or more? If you're awake, you might as well work yourself to death eh. If that is what you choose to do with our time, people work themselves to death now, if you want to use your time that way, so be it. You can do it now without having to wait for more hours to do that in. However if the body could regenerate without sleep, it is conceivable as a side effect that the regenerative processes would be so efficient, that you would not be able to work yourself to death. Your body would repair itself before that level of damage could happe... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by psyche101 on 30 September, 2015, 0:15
I was just offering that as an example of how the strive to become better and work more can get out of hand. It's only the western influenced countries that have decent labour laws. Most in south east Asia, China, the Middle east, even africa and South America work pretty much from sun up till sun down. And I don't mean just for a coporation. Many strive to simply to sell their noodles or vegetables. Indeed, and you make a fine devils advocate, that side should be explored. But those struggling to sell homegrown produce, or such as the kids in Madagascar trying to make a few cents each day sel... [More]
Comment icon #57 Posted by White Crane Feather on 30 September, 2015, 3:04
Indeed, and you make a fine devils advocate, that side should be explored. But those struggling to sell homegrown produce, or such as the kids in Madagascar trying to make a few cents each day seling Vanilla beans to tourists, this would not change their way of life, they work those hours because that is how that industry rolls, they are not forced to do so. We could consider with so much potential production, these countries might become economically stable leading to unions and replicating the conditions their "big brothers:" already have in place. As time wears on I can see places like the ... [More]
Comment icon #58 Posted by psyche101 on 30 September, 2015, 3:54
I'm not sure UN standards are imortant. As a watchdog it seems a rational step. The only global source. You know me I don't trust authority. I do not "get that" it seems partly cultural and somewhat unfounded, past mistakes and failures are not proof of nefarious activity, but as mentioned I was more leaning toward a Union type arrangement. That has always worked to date. This is a giant complex problem. Buuuuuuuuut it's not the problem we think it is. I don't have the time to exsplain. But have you considered genetic modification, how can we know what the actual outcome even might be?
Comment icon #59 Posted by Immune to Bieberfever on 1 October, 2015, 21:05
There is a product on the black market known as "south american marching powder" , it is known to cause severe insomnia!


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