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    120 hours. By the end of it all the traffic signs on the street were dancing as I passed on the tram. A tiny yellow led lamp from my soundbox would start to breathe at night and transform into a single coloured kaleidoscope. My speech was utterly incoherent, but I couldn't fall asleep. You find yourself in a state that is "inbetween" and you kind of drift in and out of the dreaminess, bordering madness.
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    Well with no sleep, probably three days I'd say at most, what's that 72 hrs?


    As to 'very little sleep', anyone who's had kids will tell you about how little sleep you get in the first couple of months. And then when you've got a new baby and a toddler, you can't even take naps to catch up during the day... So I guess about three months on maybe an hour or two each night...
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    3 days of constant revision.

    That was a fun time.
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    Whole 2 days; I'd broken my toe and had an absolutely enormous appetite as a result.
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    I went 50 hours once but I was pretty tweaked
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    (Original post by mackey)
    120 hours. By the end of it all the traffic signs on the street were dancing as I passed on the tram. A tiny yellow led lamp from my soundbox would start to breathe at night and transform into a single coloured kaleidoscope. My speech was utterly incoherent, but I couldn't fall asleep. You find yourself in a state that is "inbetween" and you kind of drift in and out of the dreaminess, bordering madness.
    How did that happen? just pesky insomnia or was there something else keeping you up? Sounds fun.

    I had a competition with a friend of mine to see who could go the longest without sleep. He went 36 hours. I went 53. Considering he was asleep, and it's much much easier to stay awake when you have company, I have no idea what I did for those 17 hours. I remember harbouring the delusion that brushing my teeth somehow helped me stay awake. At the end of 53 hours, I actually fell asleep to some Deicide song playing at full volume on stereo.

    I half-heartedly tried again some time ago, could only manage about 43.

    There's a youtube documentary about some radio host who vowed to stay awake and live on air for a week for charity. He did it, and according to the documentary, it permanently changed his behaviour which allegedly led to him getting divorced and losing his job. Although I read some other source that said that's just sensationalism and it wasn't the behaviour change that did that.

    I think it was this


    anyway, when a friend's staying round for a few days or something, I intend to try again.

    edit: also, trying to read while sleep deprived is terrible. I tried reading The Crying of Lot 49 while I hadn't slept for nearly 2 days. I had to read every page about 6 times, and I pretty much forgot it the next day anyway.
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    (Original post by Economist)
    Saw a programme once about some guy who got brain damaged and as a result the part of the brain that puts you to sleep stopped functioning, ended up dying as a result. Surely he has the record?
    I always wondered if that could happen.

    Why do you die though?

    Oh and to answer the question, roughly 75 hours (just over three days).
    I'd been up since 9 on a Thursday for school, and that Thursday night I stayed up intentionally as I went to an all nighter, and planned to just sleep the following Friday evening, so it should have only been 36 hours or so - I felt tired all Friday and couldn't wait to sleep to be honest. Only that ended up not happening as I was in a car accident that night, and the adrenalin/worry/shock about what occured, talking about it with police/family/friends etc kept me going for another 24 hours til Saturday evening, so in total by now it was 60 hours without sleep - although to be honest that day went so quickly with everything going on, it didn't feel like it had been that long. At this point, by Saturday evening, I definitely had planned to sleep, but a friend who was also involved in the crash stayed round mine that night, and we just ended up talking and watching films all night and by the time it was 6 in the morning, I realised it was a lost cause so decided to stay awake, especially as I had to go to lunch at my nans in a few hours time.

    This is the point when it all went absolutely insane for me, as they were all asking questions about the accident then saying I looked really tired and unwell (having a black eye/bloody lip/bruised face didn't help!), and I mentioned I hadn't slept much, and thinking back for the first time I realised that the last time I'd slept was Wednesday evening, and it was now Sunday lunch time. I'd been feeling weird, however I'd put it down to the crash and so did everyone else, but then realising how little sleep I had suddenly made me totally exhausted. Apparently I was weird the whole lunch, coming out with totally random stuff and looking like I was in a trance. I don't remember much else, just getting home and sleeping til 9 o clock Monday morning haha. Never again.
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    (Original post by Lefty Leo)
    3 days i think

    The hardest bit is the first morning. After that it becomes pretty easy, to the extent that you don't feel sleepy on the third day. My mind was pretty coherent, although i couldn't really think straight or consider what i was saying - but i could definitely consider my actions (thus why i think my mind was coherent).

    It's like being drunk without the slowness in a way.
    Go to sleep already :goaway:
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    (Original post by Sanyore)
    How did that happen? just pesky insomnia or was there something else keeping you up? Sounds fun.

    ...

    It was the most horrendous cycle in my insomnia. I even begged the GP to prescribe me pills before the exam period - she refused to. Told me to "avoid stress-related activities" :rolleyes:. So instead I gave the OTC sleeping pills a go (with valerian root) and got used to taking 1-2 every night as they evoke incredibly vivid, almost psychedelic dreams in me.
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    30hrs. then slept 2 days straight, my roommate thought i was dead.
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    I can manage about 28-30 hours, I think, no problem. Worst ever was a whole week of rushing to get work done... 1/2 hours sleep a day for 6 days, that was dire. I was dead.
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    about 2 days, then about 2 hours sleeping then up for probably about 30 hours. Way too many pills at Ibiza, i was twitching like crazy, i couldn't sleep at all.

    If im really tired and dropping off i sometime have a massive twitch. Like a whole body twitch.

    Another time i stayed up really long time as well I'm remembering now, probably got up about 8 in the morning went to sleep about 12 o clock on the night the next day, once again pills. I was hallucienating like crazy then, it was a good trip.
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    (Original post by Revolution is my Name)
    http://www.oddee.com/item_65612.aspx
    He's clearly a mutant like the X-men. Although his power is a bit crappy in comparison.
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    Tbh, its a world record that cant really be checked on. The longest i have been able to stay awake for is over the "supposed world record". Ive still got specialists and neurologists trying to find out how this is possible. Its something that i would not want other people to go through. It actually felt like i was being tortured being awake that long, i got excused from uni through this period as i wasnt able to function at all. I was seeing and hearing things. Probaly the worst experiance in my life :/.


    Ive got severe chronic insomnia which i have been told is starting to deteriorate me badly. Ive also been told it probaly will end up causing severe harm to myself.
 
 
 
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