Who needs sleep?

It’s been 74 hours since I last slept, and I feel great. Well, almost great. I do have a slight headache that seems to be coming from my neck, and my head feels stuffy, both in my sinuses and in the way my thoughs don’t seem to flow quite as easily as normal. Other than that though, I’m full of energy and looking forward to getting back to work.

Last week I went and had those sleep test. Everything turned out normal as expected, but they did offer me a chance to help test this new no-sleep drug. I signed a bunch of paperwork, so I can’t tell you the name of the drug (I don’t think it has one yet) and I can’t tell you who’s developing it, but I can tell you that it works — either that, or I’m experiencing the strongest placebo effect ever. Some of the tests they ran were fun, like the IQ test and keeping a dream journal. The DNA profile was reletively painless. I wish I could say the same for my fitness exam. It’s been way too long since I last did some serious running, and I guess I’ve sofented up more than I’d like to admit. I ended up over doing the treadmill test trying to show off, and ended up with a bad cramp in my side. Oh well, I guess I did well enough to join the trial.

The pills are pretty cool in that you start off taking them every 4 hours (along with a blood-hormone test), and you slowly decrease the frequency until you don’t need them anymore, or so they tell me. I’m down to one pill per day, and it seems to be working. I hardly get sleepy at all before having to take the next pill. The doctors don’t know how long I’ll need to keep taking the pills to maintain the effects. It sounds like in past trials they were able to get the dosage down to one pill per week. From what I understand (which isn’t much), the pills gradually weakens your Circadian rhythm so that your body always thinks it’s the middle of the day.

You may be wondering why I’d sign up for a drug trial like this. Well first of all, it sounds really cool. Secondly, it gets me a little more spending cash. It’s not enough to buy a condo, or even pay off the car, but hey… every little bit helps. Also, I consider myself to be a Transhumanist. I think humans have it within themselves to rise up above what we are today, and create a better future for ourselves, not just socially, but physiologically too. I figure, what better way to help move humanity forward than to donate (well, not entirely) myself to advancing our understanding of what we can become. Oh, and if you’re worried about safety, it’s already past phase 1, so it’s already been shown to be safe.

Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world were we don’t waste a third of our lives sleeping? We wouldn’t need to work any more than the typical 40 hours per week, but we probably will. Our current level of work is enough to keep up the status quo, but I don’t think anyone would complain about working an extra two hours a day when they’re getting eight extra for free. Honestly, the boredom is really starting to get to me. I’m going to see if I can swing my schedule around so that I work from midnight until noon (with a break for breakfast), and then get some hiking or biking or something in in the afternoon while it’s still light. I think the bosses will go for it. I’ll be working a lot of extra hours, and I’ll be more lined up with our East Coast partners, so it’s really easier for everyone. Hopefully I’ll be able to find enough stuff to do to keep myself occupied.

Okay, I’m rambeling now, so I’ll stop writing. I’ll keep you all posted on how this turns out.

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