5 Weird Sleep Experiments You Shouldn’t Try At Home [Infographic]

5 Weird Sleep Experiments You Shouldn’t Try At Home [Infographic]
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We’ve all experimented with sleep at some time or another. Here at Lifehacker we’re straight up expert in experimentation (even when it doesn’t turn out quite as planned). There are a few sleep experiments that even we wouldn’t touch – though we’re glad someone did.

Some of these experiments helped change the way we think about sleep and its importance to the human body, while others are just straight up wacky. And no, the Russian Sleep Experiment doesn’t really qualify – you can read that one here instead.

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  • Some interesting experiments but the meaningful meter and evil meter seem pretty arbitrary.

    Like the study testing to see if subliminal messages while you sleep could stop a negative behaviour doesn’t seem terribly evil to me, yet it’s on the evil side 0_o

    Or the sleep deprivation one which is definitely evil, but certainly not pointless. I’d have thought it definitely proves the perils of sleep deprivation so would be at the very least influential.

    I must say too, I’m amazed at the sensory overload one. I’d like to know were the people having an ordinary day otherwise (ie: been awake about 16 hours, not super strenous) or were they exhausted before they tried to get to sleep? I can understand managing to sleep through loud noise (long airplane flights) but the electric shocks? Wow.

    • Yeah, I wondered at the sensory overload one myself. I can sleep through loud noises without much issue, but I suffer bad cramping in my legs at times and at the first twinge I’m wide awake and rolling out of bed to stretch. Doesn’t matter how tired I was, its instant.

      I cant imagine a jolting sensory input being any different to that – the shock to the system would set off internal alarms and trigger defense mechanisms. Wouldn’t matter if it was a zap of electricity, or being poked with a needle, the body would react, and along the way wake you up.

      As for evil, I see it as being completely arbitrary as well. One persons guerrilla is another persons freedom fighter. It just depends on the side of the fence you sit on.

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