Can anesthesia satisfy the need for sleep?

When Michael Jackson died, it came to light that he had been receiving an IV drip of the anesthetic Propofol throughout the night for the previous two months. His death was attributed to cardiac arrest, brought on by an overdose of the drug. Clearly, this kind of treatment is a bad idea, and I don’t […]

SF lives on in the people it created

In this year’s SXSW closing speech, futurist Bruce Sterling enumerated disrupted technologies that have been supplanted, or are soon to be, by the latest wave of GoogleGlass-era living. He gave longform blogging five years to live, in the face of microblogging. As future shock morphs into present shock, the cyberpunk fiction for which Sterling was […]


Anna Sumner’s craving for sleep began when she was an 18-year-old high school senior. She thought nothing of it. When it followed her to college, she blamed it on stress. She was working so hard, she told herself, her body just needed the extra rest. But it was more than that. She would choose naps […]

Mr. Sandman’s Diet Plan

I love sleep, but I’ve been getting far too little of it. My harried days have been stretching into late nights spent staring at the computer. And I’m not alone. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that the average American gets just 6.7 hours of sleep a night on weekdays. We’re all familiar with the side […]

Biological Astronomy

I haven’t had anything to do with biology since I wrote an article years ago about sleeping pills.  I found out that the drugs used by 60-gazillion insomniacs to put themselves to sleep are not the chemicals the brain uses to put us to sleep naturally.  Can’t neuroscientists just find those brain chemicals and sell […]