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frodosbitch t1_j1j8oa6 wrote

If you were making a space trip, would you rather sleep for 5 years and lose that time of your life? Or stay awake and half to fight off the boredom of being trapped in a small canister for that long.


anlumo t1_j1kt7cm wrote

It’s a matter of not needing to carry the food for that time as well. Humans eat a lot when they’re awake.


saintpetejackboy t1_j1kusv7 wrote

I think there are other problems with stasis - we aren't really built to do that. The cognitive process during that time would need to be thoroughly investigated - are you just in some long dream? Do you cycle in and out of dreams? Each person might react different and extending the period may introduce additional physiological and psychological concerns.

Based on what we typically see with comas, I'd estimate we could do something like 5 years kind of safely - but beyond that, probably pushing insanity or coming back as what is essentially an invalid.