DailyDirt: Why Do We Sleep?

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There are numerous hypotheses for how and why sleep is important. The facts show that a wide range of animals need sleep and that a lack of sleep is extremely unhealthy, especially if sleep deprivation lasts more than a few days. For example, sleep-deprived lab rats will die more quickly than rats deprived of food. Sleep is clearly essential to normal functioning, but there's no definitive reason for it. Here are just a few interesting articles that discuss the mystery of the function behind sleep. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 25th, 2013 @ 5:49pm

    So sharks need sleep?

    How do you tell if a spider is sleeping?

     

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    Rich, Jul 25th, 2013 @ 6:05pm

    Re: So sharks need sleep?

    Yes, Jacques Cousteau proved long ago that "sharks don't sleep" is a myth.

     

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    Pixelation, Jul 25th, 2013 @ 6:22pm

    I sleep so I can dream of electric sheep.

     

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    t3rminus (profile), Jul 25th, 2013 @ 8:07pm

    Re:

    Failed the Voigt-Kampff test, did we?

     

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    Kal Zekdor (profile), Jul 25th, 2013 @ 8:10pm

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    But do electric sheep sleep?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 25th, 2013 @ 9:11pm

    This makes me jealous :( I'm a horrible insomniac and I'm lucky to one or two hours of sleep a night. On top of strong prescription sleeping aids I eat a good sixty benadryl every day in the hopes of knocking myself out.

     

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    Depressed UNIX Geek, Jul 25th, 2013 @ 9:28pm

    Gad, this is depressing

    So this means people are just like Windows. They crap out if they don't get the occasional reboot (sleep)
    Sigh. I want a upgrade....

     

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    Pixelation, Jul 25th, 2013 @ 10:44pm

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    "Failed the Voigt-Kampff test, did we?"

    Didn't finish the test. Only got to the question about my mother...

     

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    McCrea (profile), Jul 25th, 2013 @ 11:26pm

    That's one tired article.

     

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    Hector, Jul 28th, 2013 @ 1:08pm

    Why we sleep

     

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