DARPA Developing Sleep-Replacing Nasal Spray, Opens the Door to 20-Hour Workdays

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Those geniuses at DARPA, the Pentagon's research arm, are hard at work on a new nasal spray that could make sleep obsolete. It's called Orexin A, and just a couple snorts of it could allow you to be awake and alert for tens and tens of hours straight with no negative side effects.

Of course, there are sure to be some pretty serious consequences to your body if you go without sleep for a week at a time, no matter how awake your brain is. But for pilots going long distances and narcoleptics (who have a lack of Orexin A in their brains, hence the discovery of this drug), it could be quite useful. Not to mention truckers, college kids during finals week, club kids who don't want to take illegal uppers, and World of Warcraft addicts, all of whom would find Orexin A to be irresistible. Don't look for it on pharmacy shelves anytime soon, however. It's just gone through a successful test run on monkeys, but human tests have yet to be done, and once they do the drug still has the FDA gauntlet to be run through, so it's probably still a decade away.

But still! Replacing sleep with drugs! The unhealthy future is now! [Wired]

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

OK, I'm no physician, or even a biologist, but as one who has stayed up for roughly 3 days during finals, and is convinced that I am fucked up ever since over it, how exactly would this have zero negative effects? Unless this shit is capable of magically regenerating the body in the same fashion as you would during regular healthy sleep regardless of constant activity, I don't see how this could work. Fuck with nature, and nature fucks back.