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"What I have in my stories is ethics. Ethics and morality are very different cups of tea. I adhere to a very strict rigor of personal ethics and I demand it of those around me as well."
- Harlan Ellison

Sleep Destroying Field  
  Causes lack of sleep.  

He knew he could outmaneuver and outrun any of the ships, but he knew he wouldn't have a chance against an ultraradio torpedo or a sleep-destroying field. Particularly the latter; for the range of the field was tremendous, and the penalty of being snared in one was agonizing death from lack of sleep.
From Biddiver, by Theodore Sturgeon.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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Compare to the sleep headset from Ringworld (1970) by Larry Niven and deep sleep from Lies, Inc. (1964) by Philip K. Dick.

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