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Jake Rossen


How Chloroform Went From Beloved Sedative to Crime-Fiction Trope
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The lauded, sleep-inducing vapor spared millions from the pain of surgery — and then got demoted to shameful substance.
The Dark Side of Lucid Dreaming
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Described as a deep dive into our consciousness, lucid dreaming is more popular than ever. But what happens when participating in fantasies becomes a nightmare?
Pledging Exhaustion: How Sleep Deprivation Became a Dangerous Part of Greek Life
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November 10, 2010 was going to be a big day for Kamil Shaunay Arrington. The 21 year old had endured weeks of physically and emotionally taxing demands from the higher-up members of East Carolina University chapter of the Delta Sigma The...
How the Dance Marathons of the 1930s Made Sleep Deprivation a Sport — and Paved the Way for Reality TV
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While innocent at first, the events evolved to a point where exhaustion was a spectator sport complete with scripted scams, big money and lots of dangerously tired dancers.
By Forcing Truckers to Rest, New Regulations Might Be Doing More Harm Than Good
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Electronic logs are supposed to ensure drivers get regular sleep. But the equipment imposes new schedules, which may do more harm than good
Close for Comfort: Does Sharing a Bed with a Sibling Affect Social Adjustment?
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While there are plenty of studies on parents co-sleeping with infants, few explore the affects of sibling co-sleeping. A few researchers, however, have some fascinating insight.
How Rip It Became the Unofficial Drink of the U.S. Military
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One can of Rip It shuttles roughly 100mg of caffeine into someone's system. It's cheap, effective and, if you're in the military, as essential as ammunition.
The Nighttime Agony of Ecstasy
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The same mechanism that produces MDMA's euphoric effects may also have an unexpected downside.
The Strange, Twisted History of the Sleeper Hold
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How the sleeper hold became society’s ultimate symbol of dominance, emasculation and Big Brother run amok.
5 Rules for Sleeping with a New Tattoo
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There's a fine art to sleeping with fresh ink. Unless of course you enjoy infections.