One invention in the 19th century has led to people keeping later hours in the 21st century – the humble light bulb. Modern inventions in a modern society empower us to do more. Problem is, we are sleeping less, and less. Can we survive without sleep? How long can we go without sleep? Do we really need eight hours of sleep? Can we be trained to manage with just four to five hours of sleep?
This episode of Chasing Sleep sees Adrian sleep-deprived for thirty consecutive hours in a sound- attenuated, chronobiology laboratory. Hooked up with electrodes and monitored by sleep technicians for the full thirty hours, Adrian takes two batteries of tests every other hour while fighting the desire to sleep. We witness how well – or rather how poorly – Adrian copes without sleep for thirty hours.