Neither tea nor coffee, just an electric shock is enough to stay awake!
AUSTIN, Texas: It’s night time, you’re so tired and you’re sleepy, but you have some urgent work to do that you need to stay up all night. What would you do in such a situation?
Most people wake up after drinking tea or coffee because they contain a lot of caffeine which temporarily relieves fatigue and keeps us awake and we can keep our focus on work.
However, neurologists say that a slight electric shock has the same effect as a cup of tea or coffee.
Experiments on 40 volunteers in the United States have shown that if the vagus nerve is given only two minutes of low voltage and 25 Hz harmless electric shocks, fatigue and sleep (temporarily) disappear. And for the next few hours, the person becomes alert.
It should be noted that the ‘vagus nerves’ extend from our brain to the abdomen, but at the same time they are also related to the parts of our brain that play the most important role in our ability to learn and concentrate.
In the joint experiments of the US Air Force and private research institutes, volunteers were asked to stay awake for 34 consecutive hours. The nerves of 20 volunteers were given light and harmless electric shocks after a certain interval, while the remaining 20 were given nothing to keep them awake.
The first review was conducted 10 hours after the volunteers woke up, in which the performance of both groups was similar.
Then 3 hours later, in one group, the Vegas nerves were given electric shocks, and by the end of the experiment, the process was repeated seven times at intervals.
Over time, the performance of the group trying to stay awake on their own decreased significantly, but the performance of the group receiving electric shocks in the Vegas nerve decreased significantly.
During the experiments, all the volunteers were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their mental state, which showed that the mental state of those who were waking up by forcing themselves was deteriorating, but the volunteers who suffered electric shocks were very calm. I was
There were definitely some side effects during these experiments, but they were far less than the negative effects of tea and coffee.
The experiments are still in their infancy, so experts say they should not be tried at home.
Note: This interesting research is published online in the latest issue of the research journal “Communications Biology”.