Imagine if you didn't need sleep.
Like - it just wasn't a factor in your life. You never felt tired and/or grumpy, never got the yawns, never suffered cognitive impairment because you'd missed your daily dose of unconsciousness.
It would be great, but only if everyone else still had to sleep. Otherwise "they" would just make you work for 16 hours instead of 8 hours.
Imagine - everyone else gets ready and tucks themselves into bed. You go to your nightshift job where you're earning mad coin. Or work on your creative projects and actually get somewhere with them. Or just blob out and become a Netflix aficionado if you felt like it.
You would also have an immediate advantage over literally every single other person on the planet because let's face it, being an adult is simply learning to function through various levels of sleep deprivation. You would not be sleep deprived. You would be "asomnolent". There would be nothing (barring intentional ingestion of substances) impairing your cognition.
Don't get me wrong. I love sleep, I enjoy it very much. But - sleep has a very fast-and-loose relationship with me. 99 times out of 100 I have no issue getting to sleep. My head hits the pillow and within a few minutes, I'm out. But I seem to always wake up at 6 am or earlier, every day, without fail. I just can't sleep in. So like most normal adults, I just learn to function through various levels of sleep deprivation.
I can hear you now, you smug lot - "well, just go to bed earlier! DUH!"
Yeah, sure. I spend 10-11 hours a day working and travelling to and from work. I have kids that need attention for 2-3 hours in the evening. Then there are the household chores that don't do themselves. So we're already well over half the day gone in doing all the work involved in just existing and not being a shitty parent. If you want any leisure, creative, or social time, it needs to get crammed in between all of this. If I "went to bed earlier" (like that's even a thing) it would be at the expense of the stuff that actually makes up my real life. Sacrifice my real life for sleep? No way.
What would I do if I didn't have to sleep?
- get a nightshift job to earn mad coin
- finally finish writing my damn novel
- watch Netflix/play PlayStation/goof off on the internet
In summary, if I didn't have to sleep, I could have more of my real life instead of blowing all my time being employed.