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Pack an entire night's sleep into a few hours

I realized today that I never posted the promising results of 2007 sleep studies done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. If you're like me, and feel that sleep is an incredible waste of time, take comfort in the possibility that one day we may be able to cram an entire night's worth of sleep into a few hours, or perhaps even mere minutes.

A transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device sends a magnetic signal into the brain, where it activates electrical impulses that trigger the slow waves that occur in deep sleep. In lab tests, they were able to compact 8 hours' worth of deep sleep into "a few hours" (sorry, they didn't quantify that). I'll bet that further research could decrease this amount to under an hour.

If I could swap my usual 6 hours spent comatose each night for a 1-hour power-nap, I'd sign up today! At least, I would if they could assure me that there weren't any harmful consequences of packing that much sleep into such a small amount of time.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison News: Study puts us one step closer to understanding the function of sleep


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