Sleeping Vs. Being Awake

You spend a 3rd of your live sleeping and the other 2/3 being awake.  That’s a total of your entire life!

There are many benefits to both wakefulness and sleeping, but which is your preferred state?

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Being Awake

You live most of your life being awake, so enjoy the many benefits of wakefulness!  You can can use your waking hours to do an infinite number of wonderful (or terrible) things, so don’t take them for granted.

Make new discoveries, contemplate the meaning of life, share a laugh, indulge in a good meal.  Daydream about your future and get nostalgic about your past.  Exercise, build relationships with friends and family, and of course play Eyewire!  You can’t contribute to science while you’re sleeping!


Of course, being awake won’t be as enjoyable if you take sleeping for granted.  At the end of a long day there’s nothing better than crawling under the covers and tucking in for a good night’s rest.

Sleeping allows your body to recharge, and it can be interesting too!

REM sleep, or Rapid Eye Movement sleep, is one of the early sleep stages.  During this stage your eyes move quickly inside your head like the possessed demon you are.  And no wonder, because this is the stage of sleep where you have dreams – you know, those crazy things where a bunch of weird impossible shenanigans happen, and then you try to explain them later to your friends and really. just. can’t.  It’s just like, crazy man.

Deep sleep is an important part of the sleep cycle too.  During deep sleep, your body repairs and regrows tissues, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens your immune system.  Some of us also engage in strange behaviors during this stage, such as sleep walking and mumbling incoherent gibberish that freaks out our families and housemates.

Sleeping is a weird and wild time, but it’s important, so don’t forget to get your 8 hours!

Now choose your team and may the best state of being win!  The competition begins on 7/19 and runs for 24 hours!

Earn 5,000 points – 2,500 bonus
Earn 15,000 points – 5,000 bonus
Earn 25,000 points – 10,000 bonus
For every 25,000 points above 25,000 – 5,000 bonus
Member of winning team (if you’ve scored at least 2,500 points) – 10,000 bonus
Highest scorer on each team – 5,000 bonus
Player with #1 overall score – 10,000 bonus
Player with #2 overall score – 5,000 bonus
Player with #3 overall score – 2,500 bonus

Artwork by Daniela Gamba