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  1.  (403.21)
    As a shift worker, all I want is something that can reset my body clock. I'd just love to not be tired all the time.

    Fucked up sleep cycles not only bugger your psychology (I find myself weeping at *commercials* for heaven's sake) but also make you more likely to get such fun things such as cancer, diabetes, depression and commit suicide.

    Is it so hard to sleep, or stay awake?* Illegal stuff will just screw you up.

    *I've been known to take overdose levels of Diazepam, and not have it touch me, now I'm trying something softer with a SAD light, anything to stop from feeling like shit all the time
  2.  (403.22)
    What about the immune system, it needs sleep.
    • CommentAuthorMr. Pants
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2007 edited
    never noticed Ginseng really increasing my wakefullness, but than again, I can do a 6-shot mocha and go to bed...
    I haven't heard of Rhodiola Rosea. Sounds like a cellphone brand or something.

    Regular Ginseng doesn't really work well. Used to use Siberian Ginseng when I was in college. I found it didn't get rid of fatigue per se, but rather allowed to push it aside like it didn't matter. Korean Ginseng also seems to work well. Regular Ginseng though just doesn't seem to work that way.

    Rhodiola Rosea does a lot of different things including increasing concentration, focus, memory as well as increased energy and stamina. Combining it with Ginseng (Siberian or Korean) and Yerbe Mate really gave me a boost during my time when I used to do two jobs (one of them graveyard) on a regular basis. There's quite a few ways to kill fatigue. Hell, you can do it with peppermint and caffeine if you wanted to (at least on a short term basis).

    I definitely see how a brain chemical can eliminate fatigue, however, I think doing this on any long term basis is a bit crazy. There is a reason why you sleep. You can get rid of feeling fatigued, but there comes a point when the body has to shut down to rest, heal, recover not only on a physical level but a psychological one as well. I'd question someone's sanity that did this on a regular or long term basis. This is something I'd try on a deadline.

    But this really isn't anything new. There are many combinations that can increase stamina and eliminate fatigue on short and long term basises. That said, as someone who's played with my own brain chemistry so I can function on no sleep, I seriously think it's a bad idea to do so long term. I wouldn't recommend it outside of an emergency. But yeah, there are tonnes of ways to do it.

    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2007
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    The brain is a weird organ and so darn complex I live where we have very very short daylight hours in the winter and lots of people get cranky and
    sluggish. It is truly amazing what some powerful lights in the right spectrum can do to change how you feel. I usually don't go in for a lot of the new age
    health stuff but I am a believer in light therapy. The sleep thing could work as well ,DARPA has come up with some neat stuff over the ears. I would love to plunder their stash.
    • CommentAuthorgrenacia
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2008
    I would love to have something like this for the mornings where I just haven't gotten enough sleep and need to get up and do stuff anyway. So far I've found nothing that works for me in that situation without side effects.
  3.  (403.26)
    It's already out there folks (with extra side-effects, of course); on street corners it retails about £50 a gram? No?
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    I remember reading that Faith No More's song Caffiene was written when Mike Patton deliberately kept himself awake for days and then wrote music. I know it's probably very very dangerous, but Ive always been curious with art in any forms being made in situations like that...