Death from lack of sleep.

  1. It looks like people can die from lack of sleep. How do they die?
     
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  3. honestrosewater

    honestrosewater 2,329
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    I know rats have been killed by sleep deprivation, but are there actually cases of humans dying from lack of sleep?

    Here's what someone says:
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2006
  4. Pengwuino

    Pengwuino 7,118
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    I remember there being a few articles about people dieing from playing World of Warcraft too much. They pretty much sat at their chair for some 35 hours and just died. No mention of any diseases or illnesses they had.
     
  5. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,231
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    Presuming that story to be true, the likely complicating factor would be dehydration. Severe dehydation will mess up your electrolytes (C, K, Mg). The ultimate CoD is basically a heart attack.

    I would bet that sleep deprivation has a similar result (heart attack), but a different cause - likely buildup of waste products in the blood stream and messing about with the heart's normal rhythm. This is only a guess.
     
  6. Are you serious? Death by Wow? That is awesome, I gotta tell my Wow buddies about that lol, I play that every waking moment, and I guess those dead guys did too lol.

    (Wow=World of Warcraft)
     
  7. Death by WoW: I don't know if they are urban legends or not. I would think people would uhm... go to sleep. It is a primal urge, to go to sleep.
     
  8. I don't think you need to decide to sleep. eventually you would faint. To die from lack of sleep you would have to be in a position where its impossible where its impossible to sleep.
     
  9. Pengwuino

    Pengwuino 7,118
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    This was a semi-well know story... even the AP had it... I think the guy just loaded up on one of those energy drinks...

    Another girl died from it too...

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-11/01/content_3714003.htm

    .... sheesh...
     
  10. Wikipedia says:
     
  11. i dont think someone would die after playing World of warcraft for only 35 hours... i have played for over 72 hours strait many times..well i used to and now i am in the Marine Corps were lack of sleep is something that i regularly go through. longest i have stayed awake was 5 and a half days. our plattoon was trapped in Al falluja Iraq and we could get back to our forward opperating base... we had to go on 23 hour shifts and we gave our selves 1 hour to eat, fix gear, and sleep for 10-15 minutes then we would do it all over again.... worst week of my life... lack of sleep and food was horrible
     
  12. I knew a person that lived on my dorm floor that lived for WOW. The only times I ever saw him when he was either playing WOW or going to the bathroom. He would consume almost 2X 12 packs of mountain dew(I am not exaggerating) every other day. He almost never spoke to anyone the whole year. He dropped out of college with a 0.4 GPA and is back at his parent's house still playing WOW.
     
  13. Evo

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    To be that obsessed with something signals a problem. Have they taken him to a psychiatrist?
     
  14. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,231
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    There are mitigating factors, such as whether he was eating and drinking properly. Typically what does someone in in these situations is heart attack due to electrolyte imbalance.
     
  15. Sadly no. Friends and I have tried to have an intervention but he did not want anything to do with it.
    I fear he has lost touch with reality. I have never seen anything like this--it is disturbing.
     
  16. You will not die from sleep alone. No matter what after long enough the body will automatically fall asleep.
     
  17. Monique

    Monique 4,700
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    This thread is ancient and your reply is something that has been said already, enough for a lock.
     
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