DailyDirt: If Only We Didn't Need To Sleep...

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If there was a disease that incapacitated a person for about a third of his/her life (say for 8 hours every day), you might think that researchers would want to find a cure. Well, that disease is called sleep, and folks are looking to why we need to sleep and how we might take more control over our sleep needs. And for the people who can't get enough sleep (over 40 million American insomniacs), there are sleeping pills that attempt to keep them asleep. So far, it doesn't seem like we've made much progress figuring out our sleep problems, but here are a few links that you might want to read before bedtime. 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, 10 Sep 2013 @ 12:23am

    Re: Trouble sleeping?

    While melatonin is a gentler alternative that is often helpful, for some people it is simply not sufficient. The reason we use different drugs or supplements to address a single problem is because people often respond differently to the same drug, especially when the central nervous system is so directly involved. The benefit gained varies between people, as do the existence and severity of side effects.

    Ultimately, the best option is the one that best meets the individual's needs.

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