What's the longest you've gone without sleep?

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  1. eltravose profile image60
    eltravoseposted 8 years ago

    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.

    Anyone else?

    1. skillup profile image60
      skillupposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, that was quite a feat, how much did you have to sleep to recover from all that?

    2. Maddie Ruud profile image76
      Maddie Ruudposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      There's an Italian family where the carriers of a certain gene die of insomnia.  It gets worse and worse as they get older.  Takes about 9 months of total sleeplessness before death.

      1. Polly C profile image93
        Polly Cposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        That sounds like a really terrible disease, never heard of that before, how awful.

        I have never gone without sleep for more than 1 night, couldn't last any longer than that.

        1. Shil1978 profile image91
          Shil1978posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, its really awful and a terrible way to go - perhaps one of the worst ways to die!  I believe the correct medical term for this is fatal familial insomnia!!

          I guess it just goes to show how important sleep really is to one's health and why one should get a good night's sleep!!

    3. liljen23 profile image71
      liljen23posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      wow eltravose, i can go maybe 2 days without sleep but not 7, i know you crashed afterwards and stayed sleep for awhile after that, lol..

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      blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah I think I made it to seven days myself once...but after five i start losing count.

      1. blondepoet profile image67
        blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I know you get too busy watching your pot plants moving ROFL!!!

    5. Origin profile image58
      Originposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sounds like me a decade ago when I played the original Everquest and was powerleveling like a madman. I didn't go a week without sleep, but I slept only 2-3 hours per night.

      The longest I stayed up straight I think is about 50-60 hours, I don't think I've done more than that.

    6. ceciliabeltran profile image70
      ceciliabeltranposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      dear me, do not do it. sleep is an essential brain activity.

  2. Balmung profile image58
    Balmungposted 8 years ago

    18 hours? sad

    1. eltravose profile image60
      eltravoseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      impressive.

  3. Haunty profile image80
    Hauntyposted 8 years ago

    Well, I'm like most people then. But I'm sure red bull+monster could be pretty hard stuff to ignore.

  4. Stacie L profile image89
    Stacie Lposted 8 years ago

    two days...and I was so punchy!

  5. LeanMan profile image86
    LeanManposted 8 years ago

    7 days of non stop partying around my previous marriage, all day and night, nearly missed the wedding (wished I had) spent one hour sleeping on the floor of my living room on my wedding night....

  6. Cagsil profile image82
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    About 72 hours or 3 days.

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    Home Girlposted 8 years ago

    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.

  8. ediggity profile image59
    ediggityposted 8 years ago

    3.5 days

  9. blondepoet profile image67
    blondepoetposted 8 years ago

    9 days.

    1. myownworld profile image77
      myownworldposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      yikes ?? And what happened on the 10th day?

      1. ediggity profile image59
        ediggityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        She probably fell asleep for a week.

        1. blondepoet profile image67
          blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I wish LMAO smile smile

      2. blondepoet profile image67
        blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        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.

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          blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          BP you should know that anytime you, a shower, and your butt are  in the same room, fire alarms are sure to go off.

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            blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            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.

            1. blondepoet profile image67
              blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              It is in Australia LMAO and darn I don't live there anymore. Why the real estate made that decision I will never know. smile

              http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae225/david54yahoo/gif/thheeheehee.gif

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                blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                You left the Aussieland?

                1. blondepoet profile image67
                  blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  No still here just got evicted from that particular town house that's all LMAO. I will return straight after brekkie. Talk to you real soon. Hold that thought lol.

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                    blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    If you are up on msn I sent you an invite. I'll keep msnger open...

          2. blondepoet profile image67
            blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Hahaha!!!!!
            Good morning Blake. smile smile

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              blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              About time I finally caught you live online.

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                blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Good morning to you too, say I think I found a place where blonds are selling coffee online. Would that be you my dear?

                1. blondepoet profile image67
                  blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  Do they wear a nurses's hat? smile smile

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                    blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    I don't know for sure, I was too busy looking at their cups.

      3. Debby Bruck profile image69
        Debby Bruckposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Good question. We all want to know. Looks like she survived to tell the tale.

  10. waynet profile image72
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    About 2 minutes, unfortunately that's how long I last...nah only joking around 3 days and I ruined the bed springs!....uh we are talking about sleep right?

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      blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      LOL.

      1. blondepoet profile image67
        blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        LMAO Wayne.

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          blake4dposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I'm gonna follow you around BP. My car is in the shop today, and I have absolutely nothing to do with myself.

  11. gqgirl profile image80
    gqgirlposted 8 years ago

    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!

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    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.

  13. WizardOfOz profile image60
    WizardOfOzposted 8 years ago

    About two weeks.  I don't recommend it.  Required a little more than red bull..

  14. Richieb799 profile image79
    Richieb799posted 8 years ago

    I tend to span my sleep deprivation over the whole week, surviving on 3-5 hours of sleep per night.. its more fun that way (sarcastic smile)

  15. cathylynn99 profile image76
    cathylynn99posted 8 years ago

    during medical internship, had to work 36 hrs straight twice a week for a year. fell asleep standing up, woke as i was falling over. fell asleep driving, totalled a nurse's car.

    later in life went 5 days with insomnia. felt irritable and numb at the same time. meds helped end that unpleasant stretch.

  16. Beth100 profile image70
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    15 years and going.....

    1. saleheensblog profile image60
      saleheensblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i am 21, i don't sleep at night since i was 13.i use to walk at the street or pass my time in internet. i sleep a bit at daytime thought not much as i have my classes in the university.

      1. Beth100 profile image70
        Beth100posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Finally, another fellow human being who doesn't sleep.  Why does everyone tell us that we have to sleep?  I sleep for a maximum of 3 hours -- more like a light nap and I'm charged and ready to go.

        1. saleheensblog profile image60
          saleheensblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          people just go crazy when they come to know we don't sleep. Even i was thought to be a mental patient and taken to a mental doctor.

        2. Flightkeeper profile image70
          Flightkeeperposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I really wish I had that ability, you really end up doing so much more.  I on the other hand require at least 7 or I end up grouchy.  As you can tell on some of my posts. big_smile

  17. Anna Marie Bowman profile image88
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 8 years ago

    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.

  18. RFox profile image69
    RFoxposted 8 years ago

    About 4 days without any sleep. smile

    To say I was off my head is an understatement. All I remember is how funny everything was. Lack of sleep = hysterical laughing. lol

    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.

    Yikes!

  19. Anna Marie Bowman profile image88
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 8 years ago

    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.

  20. LouMacabasco profile image57
    LouMacabascoposted 7 years ago

    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. big_smile

  21. Julie2 profile image62
    Julie2posted 7 years ago

    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

  22. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Back when I was the lead singer for Randy Godwin's rock band, we'd go for 2 or 3 days without sleep sometimes when we were on the road. Randy played lead guitar, BTW.

  23. Joy56 profile image77
    Joy56posted 7 years ago

    shucks you beat me again Habee  big_smile

  24. Klena profile image63
    Klenaposted 7 years ago

    I've done a few long bursts on minimal amounts of sleep but the longest I've gone without actually sleeping has been 56 hours!

  25. brimancandy profile image76
    brimancandyposted 7 years ago

    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.

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      kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      brim nice try but it was 8 days and you ate me out of house and home.  You owe me groceries still [as lyrics desperately tries to make that sound not naughty to avoid another ban]

      But it was a pleasure that you visited!
      http://s3.hubimg.com/u/4313914_f248.jpg

      1. brimancandy profile image76
        brimancandyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        You crazy! I like that. Sorry about eating all your snacky cakes! LOL!

        1. profile image0
          kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          lol  lol  lol  lol  lol  lol

          but wee bee kewl like dat

          xo

  26. Don Ship profile image75
    Don Shipposted 7 years ago

    20 hours maybe! o(

  27. Flightkeeper profile image70
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    I've done 48 hours straight then zonked out for 10 hours.

  28. Alexander Pease profile image61
    Alexander Peaseposted 7 years ago

    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.

 
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