Missing a full night’s rest is an occupational hazard, but a new study suggests there may be a way to get ahead of the game, reports The Globe and Mail.

Millet’s interest in the topic was piqued by his own experiences in an epic race called the Tor des Géants, which traverses 330 kilometres of mountain trails in northwestern Italy, ascending and descending 24,000 metres of elevation – triple the height of Mount Everest. In 2010, Millet staggered home in third place after more than 87 hours of running, during which he had slept for only three hours.

“I can tell you that at the end of the race, I wasn’t too sure if I was running or if I was dreaming,” he recalls.