Scientists Create Sleep On-Demand Machine

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a sleep machine that'll let you get eight hours' worth of sleep in less than half the time. Here's how it works:

A transcranial magnetic stimulation device is strapped to your noggin' and sends harmless magnetic waves to your brain. In return, the device triggers brainwaves associated with R.E.M. sleep, thereby letting your power naps feel like full-length sleeping sessions. I average about four to five hours of sleep a night, so if this thing works, I'll trade my HDTV for it.

Machine Means End to Sleepless Nights [Sky News via Gearfuse]

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We don't really know enough about sleep to mess around with this. If we could figure out when the body is using sleep to repair itself then we could see if this would be an ok thing to use.

It is possible that we only need that deep sleep for both mental and physical repair.

Personally, I have always wished that I could stay up all night everyday, I don't think sleeping is fun and would rather just learn or have fun.