Will Humans Ever Be Able to Hibernate?

Do you ever feel so tired that you want to sleep for a few months? Scientists are searching for ways to cause human hibernation.

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Author Christian Villarreal ( ago)
wtf did I just see... I'd rather not.... Jesus

Author Tharkz ( ago)
Sounds like an awesome cure for obecity too. Put the person into hibernation prevents him from stuffing crap into his face, all while burning pure fat in stead of carbs :-P

Author Christopher Hereford ( ago)
What about using hibernation more for people that don't need to worry about as many blood clots because of cybernetic replacements. You just replace several body parts with mechanical body parts that don't rely on biological necessities like blood, muscles, or bones.

Author Harry PAnnU ! ( ago)
is coma is short of hibernate ??

Author Timbrock1000 ( ago)
$100,000 TO BE PUT INTO HYBERNATION FOR 30 DAYS.    Human hibernation would be a massive scientific, even medical breakthrough.  If it does become possible someday, they will need to find some "human guini pig" volunteers to experiment it on.  And of course, to entice people to subject themselves to a questionable experiment, they would need to be offered attractive compensation. 
  So, WHAT IF scientists do find a way someday?  Would YOU volunteer to be put into hibernation for a month if offered $100,000?   Me, I think I would.  The money would pay off just about everything, and I'd be part of a huge scientific breakthrough.

Author Young Lad ( ago)
humans can hibernate, its called coma

Author Young Lad ( ago)
this woman sounds llike shes giving the "for your information!" lecture, very anxty

Author Michael Lacostales ( ago)
Don't you need a sus-an membrane to be able to hibernate?

Author Phil Smulian ( ago)
Olivia is getting better at this. I absorbed a fair amount of the content in one sitting, quite enjoyed the video. Maybe chill on the hand movement a little as it's a tiny bit distracting, otherwise good work. Also pace your speech a little - think James T Kirk, and how he makes mundane things intriguing with pacing and spacing :)

Author francis ayson ( ago)
humans should be able to hibernate. Our lifestyles just don't permit us to do so.

Author Supreet Nabha ( ago)
did she say 'that lovely smell of rotten egg' ???

Author codevvv ( ago)
hibernate your responsibilities away

Author RAUL ABU ( ago)
This year december in Peru , is going to be 4 hours in slow my body (crio temp products machine)

Author ihartevil ( ago)
i already do my own hibernation thing this is why i call myself a creature instead of human

thx for this ha bisky vid (meows at you)

Author 2slikk mcmillianzz ( ago)
Bring back whats his name, her voice is screechy and reminds me of a pterodactyl.

Author John Wang ( ago)
Hydrogen sulfide and it's analogs aren't the only triggers for hibernation being researched, there's also an opiate and a peptide being investigated plus simply reducing the core body temperature is a trigger.

Author Adam X ( ago)
What causes muscle and bone density loss though? Would those processes also be slowed down by hibernating?

Author Freeman ( ago)
What about aging? How is it affected?

Author intro_to_psych ( ago)
The lighting/coloring was off every so often when the camera was on her. Turned gray-ish. Just wanted you to know.

Author fadly A. Rahman ( ago)
There's a legend in my place about a hermit who meditate in remote cave for years. So long that he meditate, mold and limestone covered his body until he can no longer be distinguishable from a rock around him. As usual, a disciplined mind can achieve many unbelievable feat.

Author dfjshjkd ( ago)
relevant to my interests

Author TheReaverOfDarkness ( ago)
Come take a fantastic voyage with me on the SS Rotten Egg Smell.

Author CriticalMass 21 ( ago)
I think a monk's meditation IS hibernation.

Author elvis radu ( ago)
Damn,you are so hot

Author Thelltheman ( ago)
How does the anime survive if the body temperature can be lover then freezing temperatur

Author Zhu Bajie ( ago)
Isn't that estivate in the dry hot times?

Author killamjl01 ( ago)
I need a transcript...(sigh)

Author David Hensel ( ago)
DNP causes the body to turn off carb use and turns on fat metabolism

Author snowdaysrule2 ( ago)
Ohh this was a good one! I liked how the video presented some super awesome [and totally random :)] facts like about the arctic ground squirrel, yet at the same time also discussed some real-life, ACTUAL benefits of hibernation for humans like being able to reduce car crash fatalities. New random facts to keep me entertained, and practical knowledge to give the video some definite purpose. Perfect!

Author Roland Lytle ( ago)
Olivia, you are the best!

Author Adriano Adinhovic ( ago)
Whats the ladies name ????

Author NoBreakz ( ago)
sounds like a coma

Author electriccerix ( ago)
4:51 - muscle loss in space may also be slowed down if we are in hibernation.

Author Armchair ( ago)
Maybe we could solve the long term hibernation problems by not doing it,imo it would be a better idea to hibernate for 8 hours or so,than wake up,do a bit of exercise and stretching,than going back to hibernation.

Sure it wouldnt be as effective and resurce saving like hibernating for months at a time,but it would still help a lot.

Author MedEighty ( ago)
I wouldn't mind going into suspended animation until the human race gets its act together and people like Donald Trump are gone.

Author fgregerfeaxcwfeffece ( ago)
Not to forget that this could eventually also lead to beeing able to (re)grow additional limbs at will.
"Woah, i would need like 3 extra arms for this hsit, ill be back in about 2 months."

Author Darren Bauer ( ago)
So if you eat a lot of eggs and seal yourself into a big glass tube, do you hibernate or put yourself to sleep another way?

Author Yesuhey ( ago)
plz stop moving so much -______-

Author j mkohler ( ago)
shes so freaking hot

Author paul mryglod ( ago)
good content, even when each sentence ends with an upward inflection.

Author John King ( ago)
This girl is so hot she really needs a makeover

Author cayess ( ago)
I love how they felt it was necessary to define the function of the mitochondria...

Author BarbarianGod ( ago)
3:25 lab mouse or lab rat? It looks a lot more like a rat than a mouse to me

Author Julia Poynter ( ago)
I love her videos, why does everyone hate her?

Author Aggelos M ( ago)

Author k9wiREless ( ago)
That hydrogen sulfilde bit, got me to thinking, as an emergence or concoction for deep water diving....could we add in the necessary dose to slow ones breathing

Author DeRien8 ( ago)
stasis pods now equipped with purr machines to combat atrophy and clotting

Author Peyton DiGregory ( ago)
Why does she fucking bounce on every word.

Author jeffiek ( ago)
Now if only the researchers could find a way to stop my co-workers from hibernating 9-5 weekdays.

Author Eric Whitney ( ago)
Reminds me of therapeutic hypothermia used in critical care units. Slows oxygen consumption and can blunt end organ damage from shock.

Author jthomp1977 ( ago)
I love the show but cannot watch thus girl and her excessive hand talking. Be more like Hank or Mike please!

Author JonnyHypr ( ago)
every time I hear the beginning of this opening I expect it to go into the Offspring's "You'e Gonna Go Far Kid"

Author SunflowerBermuda ( ago)
isn't being in a coma something similar to hibernation?

Author rednight1kf ( ago)
This sounds like how we get zombies.....

Author Ben Jamin ( ago)
Relax those hands sister

Author jobriq5 ( ago)
I wish people would stop commenting on the host and comment about the topic of the video instead....

Author jobriq5 ( ago)
How can the arctic squirrels temp drop below 0 and not kill them? At what point does their blood just freeze?

Author Egg_McMuffin ( ago)
Her hand movements annoy the shit out of me.

Author Egg_McMuffin ( ago)
I have been hibernating for 5 years now. One day I woke up and was the laziest most inactive person alive.

Author Kaeli Duffy ( ago)
believe me lady I know what the mitochondria is

Author Wilford Brimley ( ago)
1:53 We share 97% of our DNA with other great apes like Chimpanzees and Gorillas. It is around 70 percent for gibbons, monkeys, and lemurs

Author Rachel Evans ( ago)
I wonder if i can get a hibernation treament while in line at the post office

Author Mrcrazytony97 ( ago)
why does she end every sentence as of she was asking a question?

Author Art Domination ( ago)
isnt it kinda like a coma?

Author Ayame Haruka ( ago)
I love the vid and the info, but your voice is stabbing my ears ;u;

Author MANDRO ( ago)
So fart gas can knock people out for hours?

I might have sent some people into hibernation before...

Author PreposterousWorld ( ago)
I got, I got the answer to "turn down for what?" Turn down the genes that process carbs. Obesity problems solved, that's what.

Author Walter White ( ago)
Ketogenic Diet

Author Duranarts ( ago)
I still find her voice really irritating. Please don't hate me :/

Author Tarek Chamas ( ago)
imagine sleeping while standing, must be annoying as hell

Author Tarek Chamas ( ago)
pff i can do it every day

Author Leopard-King ( ago)
Poison apple?

Author Robert Gaines ( ago)
Being forced to breath air containing a mix of hydrogen sulfide sounds very unpleasant.

Author David Tamplen ( ago)
maybe mice should work out in West Texas. I've lost a few friends to h2s

Author George Smith ( ago)
Wait, so if I fart on my pet mouse it will go to sleep?
*_<"peep peep peep, come here squeaky, I have something for you">_*

Author George Smith ( ago)
SciShow is losing some respect form me.
97% of our genes are shared with a lemur?
That is a ridiculous statement and VERY misleading.
Like, we share 50% DNA with Bananas but that doesn't mean anything in THIS context, we are not going to turn into one or behave like one any time soon.
Black and White people are MORE than 99% similar, but people will still kill about the fact that they are DIFFERENT.

Author Benjie Wolicki ( ago)
You seem to have a problem with terminology here. You refer to all extended periods of suspended activity as "hibernation". Hibernation refers specifically to this activity (or lack thereof) during the winter. The "Hiber" part of the word indicates winter. If this occurs during the summer, such as with the lemurs you talk about, it's called "estivation".

Author Arkile ( ago)
very annoying voice

Author Bose-Einstein ( ago)
0:41 Hyper-nation? Which nation? Why is it hyper?

Author Juani Carmona ( ago)
Screw all this complainant bitches, you're a good host Olivia

Author DukeOfMarshall ( ago)
Humans can already hibernate. It's called a coma.

Author PrincessTS01 ( ago)
sounds like it would make a great weightloss diet too

Author Robert Paulson ( ago)
Throughout the course of this video her gray jacket progresses to slip further and further from her right shoulder.

Author Fred Sandford ( ago)
holy crap, I WANT TO BE A BEAR, I've always wanted to be a bear and hibernate. A thick comfortable fur coat and being able to sleep for a 1/4 of the year would be awesome.

Author LUIDA93 ( ago)
I can never sit through one of her videos.  As interesting as the video subject may be, her body language and tone bore and seem rehearsed.

Author Mr Nye ( ago)
I know some people who could hibernate their whole lives because of excessive stores of fat.

Author Isha Chopra ( ago)
how do seedless grapes exist?

Author GammaGamer ( ago)
is the anchor a girl or is it just dubbed?

Author Sophie Robinson ( ago)
I am unhappy. the video gets to the fat tailed lemurs and seizes up. there have been other videos on YouTube that have done this. I was really looking forward to seeing this one.

Author 1chai ( ago)
Hydrogen sulfide? No thanks. It's too stinky!

Author TempestofTime ( ago)
Ever started a SciShow video and wished it wasn't Olivia?

Author bomguy999999 ( ago)
One dayt I'm going to hook up a lead to her nose ring and lead her around a ring like she obviously wants.

Author puddingninja ( ago)
her hand talk is really bad

Author kallistiX1 ( ago)
I once read a story where a species that did not use machines collected humans and put them in supsended animation for centuries using modified carnivorous plants that moved and rotated human bodies. The book describes the sole human awake as noticing an odor when she was shown one these plants. Interesting.

Author Gabriel B. ( ago)
i already hibernate ive slept15 hours

Author Chris Figuero ( ago)
damn why the fuck are we so fuckin diffcult like damn cant live out no damn fantasy 🤔😬😡😠

Author fr89k ( ago)
Burning fat instead of carbon hydrates? I could think of a different use for such therapy first :D

Author dagjish ( ago)
plz. she is so ugly. Stop letting her host.

Author danielm1615 ( ago)
Olivias voice and rhythm of speaking is really soothing? or like interesting in a satisfying way? almost like the girl from watchmojo

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