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  1. Science Challenges Edison’s Attack on Sleep

    Scientists are denouncing our cult of sleeplessness and suggesting that it’s foolish to abandon “four billion years of evolution.” The decline of sleep dates back to Thomas Edison’s invention of the incandescent light bulb and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Edison was a staunch opponent of sleep. In Alan Derickson’s new book, Dangerously Sleepy, he describes how Edison promoted the idea that success in life was dependent on staying awake for longer. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher trained herself to survive on four hours a night, describing sleep as being “for wimps.”

    Source: The Atlantic

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