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Gene therapy to eliminate the need for sleep?


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When do you think will we have genetic enhancements that can eliminate the need for sleep?Do you think this is possible?There are few people with a genetic condition that make them need far less sleep than average, so I believe that gene therapy could eliminate sleep in the future.


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Yes. A man got shot in the head during WWII and never slept again so it’s possible the human brain could function without sleep. However, I believe not sleeping ever would drive a human insane. You need mental closure from day to day on most things and having a person conscious 24/7 could lead to dangerous results.

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People who are unable to sleep due to brain injury  die , so gene terapy to never sleep wouldnt be a good idea.



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Yes. A man got shot in the head during WWII and never slept again so it’s possible the human brain could function without sleep. However, I believe not sleeping ever would drive a human insane. You need mental closure from day to day on most things and having a person conscious 24/7 could lead to dangerous results.

The vast majority of people who get shot in the head never sleep again. 


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Yes. A man got shot in the head during WWII and never slept again so it’s possible the human brain could function without sleep. However, I believe not sleeping ever would drive a human insane. You need mental closure from day to day on most things and having a person conscious 24/7 could lead to dangerous results.

The vast majority of people who get shot in the head never sleep again. 

 

 

Or they go to sleep forever, which is another way of looking at this. 


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I am one who's eager for that advancement. Losing a third of our short lives is a bummer.

But if we were able to do this: being able to fully recover our body (as in sleeping) without having to sleep, I am sure society would deeply change and adapt to instead of having a 6 or 8 hours of work shift, to have one that's 12 or 14 hours and our free time would just stay mostly the same. Not that I would complain.

But being realistic, I think this is farther away than the research on the longevity topic, so my bet is 2100+.



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I doubt gene therapy could eliminate the need for humans to sleep, but since the amount of sleep an individual needs to feel refreshed is partly heritable, it's entirely possible that we could use genetic engineering to make humans that can sleep less. 

 

Needing less sleep is clearly advantageous since it lets a person get more work done over the course of a 24-hour period. 

 

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