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Exceptional Humans // episode 1: sleep

What we can learn from people who hardly need any sleep

Member exclusive by Michael Tabb

This story is part of an ongoing series on Exceptional Humans and the scientists studying them to help us all benefit from their superhuman abilities.

Jane Evans, a retired chemistry teacher who lives a few miles from Scranton, Pennsylvania, is from a family of short sleepers. She typically sleeps about five hours a night, after which she feels well-rested and ready to start her day.

Evans has always been a short-sleeper, just like her father, her siblings, and some of her extended family.