Michael goes on a journey to experience what it's like to keep awake for as long as possible.
We all crave more sleep, but with scientific advancements, do we now really need it? Michael has learned that a new wave of drugs promises to do for sleep what the contraceptive pill did for sex - unshackle it from nature. He goes on a journey to experience what it's like to put aside the conventional eight hours sleep - and keep awake for as long as possible. He meets the world record breaker Tony Wright who can go up to 12 days without sleep; dips into the world of sleep endurance competitions; and in Canada meets a man who claims that a recent pharmaceutical invention, Modafinil, allows him to fully function and work a 20-hour day with just a few naps