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February 28, 2020

You'd think President Trump was being haunted by Freddy Krueger based on his sleep habits as described by acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

Mulvaney while speaking at Friday's Conservative Political Action Conference declared that the president basically "never sleeps," having apparently barely done so before addressing the nation about the coronavirus crisis earlier this week.

"He flew to India, did a day and a half of work, flew back, did not sleep on the flight home, and I know that because he's emailing and texting and taking phone calls," Mulvaney said.

Trump arrived back in the U.S. on an 18-hour return trip from India, during which Mulvaney claims he got no sleep whatsoever, early on Wednesday morning, proceeding to deliver a press conference about 12 hours later running on what Mulvaney described to be at least "a day and a half" without sleep.

Although Mulvaney chalked up Trump's wacky sleep schedule to his desire to get the most out of his time in office, Trump seemingly didn't get a whole lot of sleep even as a private citizen. In his 2004 book Think Like a Billionaire, he wrote that he sleeps "about four hours per night," urging readers not to "sleep any more than you have to." Brendan Morrow

February 8, 2019

Yet another tell-all book about the Trump administration is on the way, and this one delves into the controversial firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

In a new book obtained by The Guardian, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe writes that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was upset when a memo he wrote was used by President Trump to justify Comey's firing in 2017, so upset he said he was "having trouble sleeping" over it.

The New York Times previously reported that Rosenstein was "shaken" over the Comey firing and felt "manipulated" by the White House. His memo criticized Comey's handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email use. Trump later said, though, that he was going to fire Comey regardless of whether Rosenstein wrote this memo. Comey's firing is of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is reportedly investigating whether Trump obstructed justice with the move.

McCabe's book also alleges that Trump ordered Rosenstein to write the Comey memo. “He said it wasn't his idea," McCabe writes of Rosenstein. "The president had ordered him to write the memo justifying the firing." Rosenstein also reportedly complained that "There's no one here that I can trust."

The White House in 2017 had denied Trump was involved with the memo being written, saying it was a "Justice Department decision," per The Washington Post. As The Guardian notes, Rosenstein also told Congress of the memo in 2017, "I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it." Following the firing, McCabe says the White House began offering him protection in exchange for loyalty, "trying to work me the way a criminal brigade would operate." Brendan Morrow

August 20, 2015

A narcolepsy medication commonly used by university students to help focus before exams has been determined safe for healthy people, according to researchers who studied its short-term effects. Modafinil — which is a controlled substance in the United States, but has similar effects to ADHD drugs like Adderall — helps healthy users in the U.K. to improve their decision-making and problem-solving skills, and even has the potential to make people think more creatively. One study even showed that Modafinil users got more pleasure out of doing the same tasks. What's more, the drug has no major side effects and is not thought to be addictive, unlike medications like Adderall and Ritalin.

"We're not saying 'go out and take this drug and your life will be better,'" researcher Anna-Katharine Brem told The Guardian. "It is still unlicensed for healthy people — but it is time for a wider debate on how to integrate cognitive enhancement into our lives." Jeva Lange

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