When I was in high school, the expansion for World of Warcraft, Burning Crusade was released. I stayed up for 7 days without sleep...it was pretty insane. Most people can't go one day, but red bulls+monster can defy that. I am also thinking of trying it again and blogging about everyday I stay awake.
That proves that the right motivation does wonders but what about right causes? For me one night without sleep completely was the most I could survive. Cause: exams, sick child, death in the family, travel. Next day I simply have to catch up.
I nearly dropped dead with fatigue lol. I fell asleep in the shower with my butt on the shower drain, the water flooded my upper floor town house seeped down through the ceiling and smashed the glass lights below as well as setting off the fire alarms.
By the way, where exactly is this shower, I think I can find a better place for you to land your butt. But that probably won't help with the ceiling. With both of us in the shower...the whole place will probably fall in.
I know I suffer from a form of insomnia that can literally keep me up for days! I think the longest I've actually gone without sleep was 3 1/2 days then I just had to break down and take a sleeping pill. And it was crazy, I was tired, my body wore out but it seemed like my mind wouldn't let me sleep!
43 hours on a bulldozer and Mack truck moving a drilling rig in and out of mud through swamp, snakes, panthers and bears; with much help of Black Beauty and coffee/Black Velvet of course, way back when.
I think the longest I have gone without sleep is about 3 1/2-4 days...don't remember exactly. I started seeing stuff, it got really weird. Then I fell asleep in church. I have never gotten very much sleep, though. About 3-4 hours a night. Sometimes a nap here and there.
To say I was off my head is an understatement. All I remember is how funny everything was. Lack of sleep = hysterical laughing.
When I was younger I went years on 3-4 hours sleep a night. Now I still have difficulty getting to sleep, don't sleep until wee hours or sometimes when the sun is coming up but once I do finally close my eyes I can usually manage 6-7 hours.
My ability to sleep seems to be getting better as I get older, can't imagine those poor people who die from insomnia as they age.
Funny that I posted on this topic last night. I could not sleep at all last night. Have to head to work on no sleep. So, as of right now, it's 24 hours with no sleep, and about 10 hours before I can even think about sleeping.
wow, 7 days without sleep sounds too much... as for my experience, i've used to be an auditor.. and we always have to work overtime especially on busy tax seasons. we often stay awake late everyday for 3 to 4 months. but i occassionally take naps in between.
Every year it happens, at least 2-3 days depending on how long the "Twilight Zone" marathon lasts. I love watching the marathon. They usually do this once or twice a year. I have done this ever since I was about 19. I have made it my tradition. I look like a total nut case those two days but who cares! LOL
I think the longest I have been awake is 4 days. I took a trip to Toronto with a friend, and he insisted on sleeping in the car or at bath-houses while we were there. Neither of us could afford a hotel, so we slept in the car for one night and spent 2 nights at the bath houses, I did not get any sleep the whole time. I did a lot of no-doze and drink lots of Coffee and pop.
My friend slept all the way there, and a good portion of the way back. I think he probably drove about 60 miles of the trip on the way home. It's 6 hours there and 6 hours back. I drove most of it. We went Canada's Wonderland 2 of those days, and we also went to gay pride, which was quite an awesome experience. Nothing like being at an all gay event with 2 million people. So, a lot of my nights awake weren't wasted.
I think that the longest I've gone without sleep was twenty-six hours. It was a grueling moment in my life. The tiredness seemed to make everything drag on. The funny part is, is that I did it on a dare, because someone said that I wouldn't be able to stay up for longer than twenty-four hours.
I think that Harvard did a sleep study on this. They had subjects stay up for excessive amounts of time and they would monitor them. It turns out that after seventy-two hours the body starts to shut down to protect the brain from damage. I forget all of the details but, it has something to do with the amount of toxins in the body.