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Ever wonder how different life would be if we didn't need to sleep?

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Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

I would imagine that our average work day would be 16 hours rather than 8 hours.

Tiger  Two Profile
Tiger Two answered

Mine would pretty much be the same. I average 3maybe 4 hours a night.

carlos Striker Profile
carlos Striker answered

Never ending party?

music  lover Profile
music lover answered

if we didn't need to sleep then we have lot of time to work

The Z. Profile
The Z. answered

As an engineer by training, I would assert that we'd live much shorter lives. All creatures who live without rest do.

Sleep is when the body heals itself. Absent that, the stresses on our recuperative powers would literally sap the life out of us. Being awake and active longer would present more chances of sickness and injury (also, crime and war), medical care would be in even more demand. I think the 'nonstop party' idea is vacuous, at best.

The demands we would put on the natural world for our food (we'd all need to eat more often), water, sources of power, and waste disposal would multiply. What about stress on the wallet to live 24/7? 

Sorry to defecate on the parade, but in reality, this is not a promising venture.

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The Z.
The Z. commented
I had initially approached this question with a positive frame (yay, nonstop rollercoasters), but further consideration led me to see the inherent problems in everyone being up, everywhere, all the time.
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
I posted a comment intended for you, Z, but since I just got up, I inadvertently posted it as an answer to the general question.

(I should wait until I wake up before I try to function.)
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Great answer. Well thought out.
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Tom Jackson answered

This is a free monthly publication that I have been getting for years.

It's a 4 to 6 page publication.

If you haven't seen it, you might enjoy it.

Coincidentally, there is an article related to sleep in the lasted issue.

http://www.dana.org/news/braininthenews/

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Pepper pot answered

Longer hours at work.

I quite like escaping to dreamland, I don't suffer pain, I can do things I wouldn't normally be able to do in reality, like fly etc. I think the only time sleep becomes a question (other when your not getting enough), is when you get older and time is not on your side. Funny enough the older we get the less sleep we get due to a lessening of melatonin.   

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