RPG Ruins REM
The big news in sleep this week was the Fallout lawsuit. In case you don’t read Kotaku, a 28-year-old Siberian man is suing Bethesda Softworks for damages he suffered at the hands of their post-apocalyptic role-playing game, Fallout 4. He’s holding them responsible for three weeks that "flew by.”
As Gadgets 360 reported:
Not only was he fired from his job, he stopped seeing his friends, and his health took a hit (in real life) owing to the lack of sleep and food. On top of that, his wife left him.
"If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it. I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays," he added in a statement.
The unidentified man is now suing Bethesda on account of "emotional distress" for RUB 500,000 [approximately $7,000].
To be fair, Fallout 4 is a great game. But our own senior editor, Matt Berical, who raved about the addictive sandlot title weeks ago, so far hasn’t missed any work and he’s still enjoying healthy personal relationships. So, good luck, Siberian man.
Meanwhile, the English don’t need Fallout 4 to lose sleep. According to results published by Big Health — the makers of Sleepio, the rare sleep-aid app that seems to actually work — self-described “poor-sleeping” Brits miss 14.6 days of work every year. That’s “almost twice as many as the average employee,” according to the Express’ typically breathless, hyperbolic coverage.
The numbers come from the World Sleep Survey, which is fielded by Big Health with the intention of creating a lot of press releases so they can promote Sleepio. Which is fine. The survey isn’t awful — certainly not as bad as some we’ve seen at Van Winkle’s. But we’d still like to see a more comprehensive, controlled and scientific sleep study fielded by a legit, non-commercial institution.
Asleep at the Keel
Speaking of snoozy Brits, it was reported last week that the Royal Navy dismissed five sailors in 2015 due to their sleep walking. According to the Guardian:
Anyone who has the disorder is barred from joining the service, a freedom of information (FoI) request also showed. The armed forces’ medical rules are being updated to make this entry bar official and also to disqualify those who suffer from “sleep terrors”, the Ministry of Defence’s navy command secretariat said.
Medical regulations already block sufferers of sleep apnoea, a condition in which people stop breathing while they are asleep.
As the report explained, “sleepwalking beyond the age of 13 is seen as a permanent medical disqualification.” Which makes sense — the last thing the Navy needs is a somnambulant swabbie slipping overboard in the middle of the night. Still, as we’ve reported, sleep disorders and the military go hand-in-hand — and can be treated, if not outright prevented.
A Bed for the Dogs
Finally, let’s wrap up with a ridiculous dog bed.
For just $1700, Etsy user DoggieDilemma will build you a bed frame that fits a king-sized mattress plus a sidecar for your mutt:
The oak and pine construction certainly looks solid, and the sellers add that “color options and distressing available.”
Just One More
Actually, let's close with this video of a cat hypnotizing a dog:
May your new year be just as pleasant.