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Originally posted by ANOK
Hmmmm I find that a bit hard to believe. After 5 days with no sleep you would be halucinating.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
I don't know anything about Inspector Montelbano, but I did find this discription of him on Google:
"The gruffly handsome, yet curiously irritable Inspector Montalbano..."
I don't mind subtitles, at all, as long as what I'm watching good enough for the trouble. I often enjoy picking up subtle changes in idiom when I am watching a film in a language I have some knowledge of.
A few drugs that might do the job, known as "cognitive enhancement", are already on the market, and a few dozen others are on the way. Perhaps the best-known is modafinil. Licensed to treat narcolepsy, the condition that causes people to suddenly fall asleep, it has notable effects in healthy people too. Modafinil can keep a person awake and alert for 90 hours straight, with none of the jitteriness and bad concentration that amphetamines or even coffee seem to produce.
In fact, with the help of modafinil, sleep-deprived people can perform even better than their well-rested, unmedicated selves. The forfeited rest doesn't even need to be made good. Military research is finding that people can stay awake for 40 hours, sleep the normal 8 hours, and then pull a few more all-nighters with no ill effects. It's an open secret that many, perhaps most, prescriptions for modafinil are written not for people who suffer from narcolepsy, but for those who simply want to stay awake. Similarly, many people are using Ritalin not because they suffer from attention deficit or any other disorder, but because they want superior concentration during exams or heavy-duty negotiations.