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How long can the human body go without sleep?

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  • JivinGene 2009/04/29 15:06:59
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    -The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.

    - It's impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.

    - Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you're sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you're still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.

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  • Noone 2009/04/29 19:06:18
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    last week I read that the world record is 11 days,but the body would die without sleep for all that time..infact the guy who made it made some quick naps (less than 10 minutes) every hour..
    this guy is somesort of an explorer who passed thorugh a desert on his feet doin' so,but (as he said in the interview I read) after it he slept for a couple of days and the doctors said his body was a close as a man can be to a coma..
    as the guy said,and as I know for my insomnia experience,after some time awake the body kinda separates from conciousness..so imagine living a longlasting drunk state with a terrible hangover.
  • Priestofdisorder 2009/04/29 19:01:31
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    I read once about some dude that lasted 3 or 4 days
  • Tracer Bullet 2009/04/29 18:30:04
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    With the right chemical compound, indefinitely.
  • Spencer 2009/04/29 18:26:01
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    I am not sure for me my record was 1 week straight however that was not by choice. I do know that I got and took every cat nap I could. Yes people can sleep with thier eyes open.
  • roxie 2009/04/29 18:24:52
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    Let me think..... hhhmmmm.... about half an hour and then I start to get crabbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyzzzzzzzz...
  • Sono Violado 2009/04/29 18:24:25
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    After 3 days without, you suffer physical affects, soreness and joint fatigue, after 5 you begin to suffer mental affects, hallucinations and irrational thought, after that is trully dependent upon the person.

    This is based on a study I read some years ago, and was without a stimulus such as caffeine, and maintaining a regular diet.
  • lezanya Sono Vi... 2009/04/29 18:29:09
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    you wronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggg...
  • Sono Vi... lezanya 2009/04/29 18:37:05
    Sono Violado
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    Thanks, thus reread the last sentence
  • lezanya Sono Vi... 2009/04/29 19:06:29
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    oh im very sorry ser!
  • seee.nicolee. 2009/04/29 18:16:35
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    the longest ive ever stayed awake was 2 days
    straight
    but then i practically
    crashed and burned
    >_>
  • lee lee 2009/04/29 18:07:31
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    i dont no maybe the human will diiie! comment human diiie
  • ©TransA... lee lee 2009/04/29 18:08:53
  • Albedo 9.0 2009/04/29 17:55:07
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    My record was 3 days in the Philipines but that was drug assisted.
  • nikki 2009/04/29 17:53:57
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    i went into work one new year weekend at 4pm friday, didnt get out of there till 8am monday. my shift was 4pm till 12am, but noone came in for the next 2shifts so i had to stay, then stay for my reg shift again,and the same thing happened on sunday, so i was stuck, and couldnt take a catnap or anything cause i couldnt lock the door. i was so tired i couldnt think straight, got on the bus to go home, & ended up at the end of the line in b.f.e. and then forgot where i lived. had to call my mom in law & have her come get me. embarrassing! the longest work shift i ever had.
  • gypsy 2009/04/29 17:49:05
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    I did 2 days with the help of street drugs so that I could gamble all night but i was so out of it, I was loosing my ass. Never again. comment 2 days street drugs gamble loosing ass
  • theroamingcrow 2009/04/29 17:27:12
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    I have a primary sleep disorder I have went a days at a time without sleep then a few hours of sleep then back up again this causes severe hallucinations very altered thought processes, inability to make sound decisions, after my last non-sleep cycle I ended up hospitalized in a specialty hospital for a month to get the proper sleep meds it all sucks
  • Common Sense 2009/04/29 17:21:35
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    I did 48 hours straight on a few occasions. It's a kind of surreal experience. It took me four days to get back to a regular sleep schedule.
  • Reverend Muerte 2009/04/29 17:19:45
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    Not sure but I've gone 13 days myself, with not one minute of sleep. I was having severe hallucinations. I saw two dumpsters having sex doggie style lol
  • Chosen One 2009/04/29 17:17:06
  • none of... Chosen One 2009/04/29 19:58:45
    none of ur business
    that's impossible!
  • Pearl 2009/04/29 17:11:55 (edited)
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    I am odd I can go for 2-3 days without sleep. Sleep the 4th day for 5-6 hours and be fine and do it all over again...
  • Twiztid 4 Life 2009/04/29 17:11:08
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    I really dont know the longest i went without sleep is 2 days
  • Diane 2009/04/29 17:00:57
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    I can't get past 15 hours without 8 hours of sleep.
  • dreamwriter12 ✲the libraria... 2009/04/29 16:45:02
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    I've only gone about 36 hours or so. Never again. I felt awful after I then slept for 17 hours straight.
  • Chosen One dreamwr... 2009/04/29 17:23:26
  • CeeCee47 2009/04/29 16:34:00
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    I went 3 Days without sleeping and my body felt worn down.
  • Blackteam 2009/04/29 16:32:41 (edited)
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    During Hell Week, we would get about a 15 or 20 minute cat nap each day, other than that it was go go go. You were running on sheer will power by day 7(if you made it that far!).
  • graveshifter666 2009/04/29 16:32:34
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    i have gone a day or two...

    BUT!!! i think the person who can best answer that is:::


    comment person answer
  • Chosen One gravesh... 2009/04/29 17:24:29
  • gravesh... Chosen One 2009/04/29 17:30:02
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    she is definitely on my death pool... unfortunate... such a great voice..
  • ♪Angela-H.E.B's Fan Club Pres. 2009/04/29 16:31:46
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    I am not sure either...But good question lol
  • Lunacat 2009/04/29 16:30:27
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    I have no idea. The longest I've ever been up was about 4 days but that was drug induced.
  • S 2009/04/29 16:28:57
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    I can get back to you on that because i am on my 3rd day of no sleep.
  • ©TransA... S 2009/04/29 17:33:42
  • Visionary )() CC 2009/04/29 16:26:41
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    I think 2 and a half days is my record. Far from easy.

    I heard if you are forced to stay up for 4 days, you can sleep standing up for 24 hours without knowing it. I saw that in a truck driving safety training video about the extreme dangers of fighting fatigue.
  • MaryAnn 2009/04/29 16:25:04
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    I am not sure myself how long it would take for the body can without sleep.
  • Bond James Bond 2009/04/29 16:23:25
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    Until you doze off.
  • GK - Proud Right Wing Extre... 2009/04/29 16:22:56
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    I've actually heard about really cool studies that show we need rem sleep. If we don't get it, we go literally crazy and can actually die. I've gone two straight days and then nothing kept me awake. I crashed for three hours in the parking lot of my school and then went home and slept for 24hrs.
  • gingert... GK - Pr... 2009/04/29 16:55:50
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    Yeah, they did the studies on animals though. It was really scary and kind of sad. The animals would just die. They still don't know why we need REM sleep, they just know we need it. :)
  • GK - Pr... gingert... 2009/04/29 16:59:21
    GK - Proud Right Wing Extremist since 2009
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    Exactly. It's amazing that we have almost no idea why we dream, but we know we can die if we don't.

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