A nasal spray containing a naturally occurring brain hormone called orexin A reversed the effects of sleep deprivation in monkeys, allowing them to perform like well-rested monkeys on cognitive tests. The discovery's first application will probably be in treatment of the severe sleep disorder narcolepsy.
The treatment is "a totally new route for increasing arousal, and the new study shows it to be relatively benign," said Jerome Siegel, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA and a co-author of the paper. "It reduces sleepiness without causing edginess."
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-Does this appeal to you?
-Do you think you would miss sleep or welcome more productivity?
-If this gave your competitor an edge at work would you take it to keep up the pace?
-If something like this did hit the market, does the steriod scandal in MLB foreshadow what is to come?