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In what sounds like a dream for millions of tired coffee drinkers, Darpa-funded scientists might have found a drug that will eliminate sleepiness.
A nasal spray containing a naturally occurring brain hormone called orexin A reversed the effects of sleep deprivation in monkeys, allowing them to perform like well-rested monkeys on cognitive tests. The discovery's first application will probably be in treatment of the severe sleep disorder narcolepsy.
Originally posted by scientist
This post is on a thin line. I am tempted to mention coc aine, which was discovered a long time ago and has the same effect, but that would be against forum policy, so I will refrain from going further.
Originally posted by Karlhungis
I would really like to see what the long term effects are. I just don't think you can deprive the body of sleep for long periods of time without doing some sort of serious damage. It would be fun to sit in on the research of this.
Originally posted by interestedalways
But why is DARPA interested in this type of innovation? I thought they were the knew all seeing eye or more of a central data resource.
Originally posted by Parabol
How many other bodily processes rely on our biological clock and sleep cycle?