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5 Things I Could Do if Sleep Became Obsolete (and It Might)

by Jenny Erikson on February 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

A recent study shows that when we don’t get enough sleep, it actually alters our genes, and can lead to degenerative disorders. When we sleep, our bodies get to work repairing themselves, and if we don’t let them, it can damage our immune systems. Our cells have to replenish and replace themselves, and sleepy cells don’t like to work.

Lead researcher Colin Smith said, “There was quite a dramatic change in activity in many different kinds of genes … clearly sleep is critical to rebuilding the body and maintaining a functional state, all kinds of damage appears to occur—hinting at what may lead to ill health. If we can't actually replenish and replace new cells, then that's going to lead to degenerative diseases."

Interestingly, another “body clock” specialist, Dr. Akhilesh Reddy, commented that if we could eliminate the effects of sleep deprivation (i.e. keep our cells from deteriorating our genes), “You might be able to get away without sleep.”

No sleep! Can you imagine the things you could accomplish with an extra eight-ish hours a day to get crap done? You could take another fulltime job with that time. Or learn to play the piano or speak another language. You could train for a marathon!

Who are we kidding? If you don’t make time for it now, you’re probably not going to make time for it if you didn’t need sleep. Here’s are some of the more realistic things that would eat up my extra hours:

The laundry might actually get put away. Please tell me I’m not the only one that has basket of clean clothes and dirty clothes, and thank God daily for the wrinkle-release cycle on my dryer? Hey -- I’m impressed we even have clean clothes some days.

I could watch Real Housewives and finally find out what all the fuss is about. Right now I’m under the impression that it’s a bunch of rich bitches in major cities that like to catfight. It probably is, but it sounds awesome and I’d like to witness it myself.

Two words: Daily. Shower. Enough said.

I’d gossip chat with friends more often. Phone conversations wouldn’t begin with, “I only have two secs …” and end with, “There’s so much more I want to tell you but I have to run!”

There would be time for more reading. Maybe I’d tackle Jane Austen’s entire collection. And by Jane Austen, I mean Julia Quinn. Actually, I’ve already done that. See? We do make time for the important things…

Wait! Does this mean our kids wouldn’t need sleep either? Never mind. Give me naptime or give me death.

What would you do with your extra time if you didn’t need to sleep?

 

Image via William Klos/Flickr

Filed Under: bad habits, energy & fatigue, general health, healthy habits, natural health, sleep, time for you

Comments

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  • Coles...
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    Coles_mom

    February 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM
    I've taken an ambien every single night for over 10 years. Screw the no sleep idea.
  • Shandi80
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    Shandi80

    February 26, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Must have sleep. Just...must. Not an option. If I need it, I'd probably become Superwoman.


  • Shandi80
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    Shandi80

    February 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    If I didn't need it*

    Sorry, typo. :)


  • kissa...
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    kissandtell

    February 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    I continually try to get as little sleep as I possibly can. I know it's bad for me but so much to do, so little time.


  • work4...
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    work4mickey

    February 27, 2013 at 12:13 AM
    I look forward to going to bed. It's how I know I've gotten through another day. Imagine not having a natural end or start to your a day. The whole year would be like one big run on day that goes on & on & on & on.........
  • DebaLa
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    DebaLa

    February 27, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Um... sleep. My daughter said I fall asleep faster than anyone she knows. And with a hinge in my ass, I sit bolt upright in the middle of the night, awake. Again. Never to slip back into unconsciousness. So, there won't be any sleep diets or power housekeeping any time soon. My bed and I are uneasy, well... bedfellows.


  • Kediset
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    Kediset

    February 27, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    no way jose... sleep makes the night pass faster and if you don't sleep, you don't get fun dreams that you'd never dream up of on your own ;o where's the fun in that? and yea it'd just turn into one endless day..


  • mrswi...
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    mrswillie

    March 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I have no idea what I would do. 


  • godde...
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    goddess99

    March 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Oh god. I'd be online even more lol.


  • mommy...
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    mommythree0508

    March 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM
    So much stuff lol
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