Jake Rossen

How Chloroform Went From Beloved Sedative to Crime-Fiction Trope
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
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?
How the Dance Marathons of the 1930s Made Sleep Deprivation a Sport — and Paved the Way for Reality TV
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
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?
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
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
The same mechanism that produces MDMA's euphoric effects may also have an unexpected downside.
The Strange, Twisted History of the Sleeper Hold
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
There's a fine art to sleeping with fresh ink. Unless of course you enjoy infections.
The Strange, Unexplained History of Encephalitis Lethargica
The so-called "sleepy sickness" struck suddenly in the 1920s, and disappeared just as quickly. But is it really gone?