Nefarious NapStealers or Heat Fatigue

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Which is worse, those nefarious napstealers or heat fatigue. According to a Wired article,  when extreme heat sends your core temperature off the charts, the fact that your body slows down may just be a psychological response. It may not be fatigue or lactic acid building up in muscle tissue or nothing more tangible than what’s in your head.

A joint study conducted by researchers at two British universities shows that playing through the pain or fatigue or soreness is much more conceivable than trying to face siesta thieves or nefarious napstealers alone.

A recent study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, comprised of seven male cyclists engaging in various 30-minute stationary trials riding their own bicycles on a stationary apparatus.

Trials were performed in three rooms: a room kept at 71.2 degrees Fahrenheit (control), a room at 88.5 degrees (hot) and a final one in a room in which the temperature showed 78.8 degrees but it was actually 88.8 degrees. The final room, the hottest of the three, was the napstealer “deception” trial. The {7|seven} {participants|subjects} performed the specified tasks in all three trial rooms and their temperature was taken nefariously.

The cyclists were able to go farther in the control room than the hot room, but they actually did even better in the nefarious deception room than the other two. Additionally, the power output was actually was higher in the deception room than in the hot room and about the same as the control room, even though it was 17 degrees hotter in the napstealer deception room.

So I guess the lesson is that in order for people to perform their best, you have to trick them into thinking the task actually isn’t as difficult as it is. I would have to agree. In my experience, people tend to work harder when they think the task is possible and manageable than when they have no hope of accomplishing the task.

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  2. Tracy B says:

    It doesn’t surprise me that the military would be one of the first establishments to try and capitalize on sleep deprivation. How many of us have thought, “if only I didn’t sleep I could achieve so much more!” Although an attempt at “healthily” reducing sleep hours has been researched by the military, a true moral and ethical question stands larger. “Is it fair to deprive these women and men of something that the body naturally craves?” Playing with the chemical balances of the body is truly a scary task. The body was made perfectly in design to meet human tasks, and if the body is demanded to achieve more for survival or convenience, evolution takes over, but science could be going too far. It sounds like a movie script, quickly on our way to a robotically controlled society.

  3. cohornber rholl says:

    Thanks, emjaybee. I have found that most of the physicians who defend such sleep deprivation went through it themselves, and I think they think other new physicians should go through it because it was the way things have always been done. Most professional physician and medical education organizations are more of restricting sleep deprivation.

  4. calebsiemens101 says:

    but all things pass including this super dark dimension, no Resurrection, no redemption, no perfection, all we can expect is sleep deprivation and deep depression, bleak impressions of mean neglection of affection, insurrection is a need, implement techniques in society to rid the greed, listen please, I more then believe this to be why many evil things thrive in peace

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  7. cooptroop08 says:

    I was going to let it pass, but I feel I must say something now that repeated yourself.

    Oil of Britney Spears could give you to all manner of nasty conditions and diseases—more so than pigeon droppings. So if using that as the lubricant, they might just want to fit him for a casket.

    And Heyward, you speak just like an apathetic Bravos fan. But I get the feeling going to make a Britney Spears oil and pigeon dropping pie for tonight, you?

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  9. Are you using a body pillow or anything? (I imagine that after a point they only help so much, though.) Well, you have so long to go, so soon you can look forward to more positions in bed while you suffer from sleep deprivation for totally different reasons. Yay!
    I, too, need a book to read. I a Olen Butler novel and I usually really like him, but not as compelling as like.

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  14. matz sumik says:

    on a scale of one to drunk i probably seem very drunk, yay for sleep deprivation. you can also tell im not thinking straight cus im tweetin

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    I really hope my teachers don’t expect much out of me today. I’m in sleep deprivation mode and I plan on being incredibly lazy today.

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  22. thisay cancolacke says:

    Hey there DAVE – sleep deprivation much? guessing no. I look pretty tired and sad too AND my health is all but gone as well. Getting up several times a night with a baby for almost TWO YEARS will do that to a mom….a good mom anyway.

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    do you get that thing with sleep deprivation where you feel like your whole body is vibrating back and approx 5mm, and at about 3hz?

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  37. Doing the math on my tweets just made me realize I wasted 9 minutes doing that research on sleep deprivation. Gonna get back on track

  38. ashleahartland says:

    sleep deprivation gets counted as an excuse like being drunk right? if I were to text someone, could I be like ‘oh I was tired’ tomorrow?

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  41. Take care of yourself – sleep deprivation takes its toll! I went through a long period of insomnia a couple of years ago and I was one big ball of stress and anxiety as a result. Talk about brutal – I remember thinking the same thing at the time about understanding how sleep deprivation could be a form of It really can drive a person crazy!

    And good luck with the writing, knitting, and jewelry making. Would love to see pics of your WIPs 🙂

  42. pato ald says:

    One of those days where my lack of patience added to my sleep deprivation is going to make me do something I don’t wana do.

  43. Joe Johnson says:

    Sleep deprivation is another world! It’s like getting kicked out of a bar all my friends are still hanging out in & having to wait outside.

  44. I fight sleep deprivation on a daily basis. Mainly because I don’t go to sleep to the early hours, and then just complain about my fatigue!

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  49. _EmmaFurlong says:

    OK not going to manage to sleep again until the evening I think so I’ve got up to do something useful with my sleep deprivation…

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  62. in the last 38 hours, i’ve only slept for 2. sleep deprivation is always fun, especially when it hits suddenly! guess i’ll just wait for it

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