Sleep deprivation

  1. does anybody know of any guiness world book type of record for the person who has stayed the wake the longest?

    how can sleep deprivation negatively impact one's health?

    this may sound like a silly question, but i am seriously curious about... can one die of sleep deprivation?

    it is friday 12:28 am 13 of june and i have been awake since 9 am monday 9th of june. except i sort of fell asleep with my eyes open for about an hour today.

    9 more hours and i will have broken my own record.

    <sigh>
     
  2. jcsd
  3. I don't know, but you shouldn't toy with it until you know more.
     
  4. I remember it's a 17 year old high school student who set this record but I can't remember how long he stayed awake.

    The answer is yes. Scientists have done experiments on rats that they avoid them from sleeping while providing them with everything they needs, after some time they died.

    In fact lack of sleep can cause lots of health problems both physiologically and psychologically. Here are some links for references:
    Info on sleep deprivation
    Sleep deprivaiton : causes and consequences
    http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/09/20/sleep.deprivation/
    Hope you won't fall asleep with your eyes open while you're reading. :smile:

    Some time ago, scientists suggested that ideally, we should have about 6 hours sleep per night. Too much or too little sleep may decrease our life spans. They found that those who have 8+ hours sleep per night or 5- hours sleep per night have shorter life spans.
     
  5. Yeah, I would be careful Entropia. Go to sleep! :smile:

    A lack of sleep does have it's negative effects. During the Christmas break, I would spend late nights reading something and in the morning, having not gone to bed after a few nights, I felt like my heartbeat was irregular and my eyes were on fire.

    After coming back from India for my sister's wedding, I had to make up a month's worth of work and there was no possible way to finish it up unless I neglected sleep. So I would work till 3AM, get 2 hours of sleep, then wake up and go to school. After weeks of this, I was so nervous that the slightest sound would make me jump, my head would hurt so bad I couldn't concentrate too much, I couldn't answer questions directly because my mind was in some other place and being unshaven with blood red eyes, I looked like the walking dead.

    I was physically myself around two weeks after I started sleeping more, but psychologically, it took me a long time (almost a year) to get readjusted to it.

    I wouldn't recommend anyone going without sleep.
     
  6. drag

    drag 1,341
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    Just as I sidenote, I think that one of the great things
    about it is the totally deep sleep you have after you've
    stayed awake for a long time, it's the same as after
    consuming a fair amount of alcohol or working physicly
    hard for a whole day. It's very refreshing once you manage
    to wake up. :smile:

    Live long and prosper.
     
  7. Another God

    Another God 1,029
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    actually, i do really enjoy staying up all of one night, only to sleep for 14 hours the next... that long deep sleep does feel really good.

    I get heaps of sleep. I probably should try to make my body adjust to 7 hours sleep or something. ATM, i have trouble if I get less than 8.
     
  8. From 1994 Guiness book of records, 'Victims of the rare condition chronic colestites (total insomnia) have been known to go without total sleep for years'

    I remember reading about an indian guy who suffered from it.
     
  9. LURCH

    LURCH 2,514
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    Any hallucinations yet, Entropia? If I go more than 72hrs, I start to experience hallucinations, both visual and auditory.
     
  10. there must be a negative effect on one's health (I'll check the links later). It happend sometimes for me to stay awake for 2-3 nights consecutively and I was NOT feeling really good at the end. But drag is right about the sleep afterwards :wink:.
    However I don't think you can die because of that.

    PS: hope you did get some sleep until now.....
     
  11. i generally only sleep for about 1-2 hours a night, i just dont seem to need that much sleep at all. the longest i have gone without sleep is 5 days. and after that i slept for 6 and half hours the following night then returned to my normal 1-2 hours a night afterwards. it seems like most people need between 6-8 hours but a few rare cases either really need lots of sleep or very little sleep. lucky for me im a rare case that needs very little sleep, it gives me so much more time for other things
     
  12. Sleep Deprivation Record

    Here's a link to a pretty good article on the subject.

    http://www.pbs.org/livelyhood/nightshift/sleep_deprivation.html

    A quote:

    Notorious cases of record-setters include disc jockey Peter Tripp who in 1959 stayed up for more than eight days as a promotional stunt. After a few days, he began to hallucinate, seeing kittens, mice, and cobwebs. He also became paranoid, insisting that an electrician had dropped a hot electrode into his shoe.

    (Read about one Livelyhood producer's night shift experiences on the road, including hot tub hallucinations!).

    Six years later, high school student Randy Gardner attempted to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest time awake -- 260 hours. And after 11 days without sleep he suffered no hallucinations or paranoia and no psychotic symptoms.
     
  13. there is also a disease, a familial insomnia, which may be lethal. But I dont know much about it.
     
  14. toying with what some find so desirable but so unobtainable makes little sense.

    it sounds as if the posters are mostly young and their batteries full. age and sleep are related in many ways (afik) and it would be truly wonderful to sleep like in the days of my youth.
     
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