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Based on various comments, I've expanded this answer. Though long, I cannot cover the depth of the topic of sleep but I tried to address the issues asked in the original question while broadly highlighting various aspects about sleep research. I welcome any suggestions for improvement. What is sleep? To know what it means to be awake, you must know what it ...


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All organisms (except viruses?) need some kind of nutrition to survive and reproductive activities for the species to survive. As humans don't do these while asleep in a first approximation I would consider those life phases as sleep when these do not happen. In this sense clostridium bacteria could be considered asleep when in their endospore states, a ...


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A quick search on Web of Science yields "Polyphasic Wake/Sleep Episodes in the Fire Ant, Solenopsis Invicta" (Cassill et al., 2009, @Mike Taylor found an accessable copy here) as one of the first hits. The main points from the abstract: Yes, ants sleep. indicators of deep sleep: ants are non-responsive to contact by other ants and antennae are folded ...


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The short answer is apparently yes. Studies on sleep in insects date back to papers published by Phil and Nellie Rau in 1916 and 1938. Hussaini et al. (2003) showed that sleep does affect memory formation in honey bees. They showed that retention of extinction learning is significantly reduced in bees that were sleep-deprived. More about sleep in honeybees ...


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Upon not receiving an answer, I decided to post my own findings of symptoms I felt. 14 hours - Feeling tired. 19 hours - Feeling confused. 22 hours - Struggling to concentrate for long periods. 27 hours - Getting paranoid, continuously peering behind me. 36 hours - Going from paranoia to imagining things. 42 hours - Slightly concerned of the dark, a fear ...



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