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I never went to sleep last night (up doing a project until 5:30...alarm goes off at six. I watched TV for thirty minutes because i was s afraid if i slept any, i woulnd't want to get back up again.

I'm all "fuzzy around the edges" and feel like I've had a whole lots of bbeers. I stood in the grocery store a while ago and just swayed badck and forth at the magazine rack.



I don't think i've ever gone this long with no sleep at all. Quite an odd sensation. I couldn't be a doctor and have to do those wild "36 on/36 off" emergency room hours, or whaetever it is they do.

STarting to hit me really good in the past half hour...there's NO WAY I'll make it to midnight.

I might not make it to the end of this post...

post #2 of 119
Sleep Deprivation is one of the worst punishments that you can deal out without shedding blood. I'm going on 3 hours of sleep or so myself and I'm too lazy to do much of anything right now but post on AI. Ahhhh the fragile Human Brain...not enough sleep and your thinking becomes hazy...too much sleep and you feel droggy and tired. No wonder we Humans are an impatient lot.
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post #3 of 119
you'll probably get some really wierd/vivid dreams when you go to sleep aswell. Whatever you miss one night in dreaming is actually 'made up' for over the next couple of nights. Apparently no one really knows why you dream, but there are a couple of good theories and research about it. Ive been reading a 1000page book on psychology, of which a fair chunk was on sleep/dreaming.

Sweet dreams, or not!

oh yeah, I forgot to say, if you force yourself to stay awake you will actually go to sleep *standing up*, and if you (or usually someone else) stopped even this then you will *die*!. However its unlikely to happen, as eventually you would get so tired that it would become the singularly most important bodily drive and you would go to sleep even if it meant sleeping in a ton of horse shit, basically you wouldn't care!

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post #4 of 119
Ah, you ain't felt nothin' until you've been up for THREE DAYS straight!

Aaaah, college. :cool:
post #5 of 119
I haven't gone three full days, but I did do approximately 60 hours freshman year. You don't feel tired until you stop doing stuff, then it all drops on top of you.

Try reading something simple like a newspaper article and see if it makes snes to you. You won't be able to string words together into sentences.

Of course, when you lie down, it's the most relaxing pre-sleep feeling ever.
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post #6 of 119
I used to pull all-nighters in the last year of high school. Two twelve hour days back to back (school followed immediately by work) and no sleep inbetween really took its toll. Oh yeah, and the serious chronic illness I had that year didn't help.

I did this almost every night of the week. I would often sleep once every two days.

By the end of exams I was at the point of total physical and mental collapse.
post #7 of 119
[grumpy old man voice]Bah! In my day, we spent 74 hours up at a time! One friend of mine spent 104 hours without sleep! Call back when you've worked 90 hours a week for 4 weeks![/grumpy old man voice]
post #8 of 119
I deprived myself of sleep a few weeks ago. A matter of seconds after I finally got to sleep, I woke up in a confusing hell, partly based on a skateboarding game, in which my existence was dependent on spinning myself into a proper position, but I couldn't do it. I went downstairs, but could only say "I don't understand anything."

Over a period of about ten minutes I woke myself from the indefinite hell. Still not completely out, I went back downstairs, saying something like "There are too many skateboarders." I tried in vain to get back to sleep for about an hour, unable to think of anything but how to remove the skateboarders crossing my bed.

That experience, which was rather torturous, is still causing me mild flashbacks. I have a feeling that people will label this post as bullshit... sure comes off as it to me.
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[quote]That experience, which was rather torturous, is still causing me mild flashbacks. I have a feeling that people will label this post as bullshit... sure comes off as it to me.<hr></blockquote>

Nope. Not bullshit. Just painfully familar.
post #10 of 119
A few years ago i did a fund raiser for school were we stayed up @ school all night. I decided to attend class the next day. I remember sitting in english class copying a note from the board, but the not turned into a dream...I just remember the note being some strange story that involved cars. I guess i had been up for around 32h at that point...give or take.

I belive that is the longest i've stayed up i think it was around 34-36h until i was finally able to get some sleep.
post #11 of 119
i've always had trouble sleeping. worst i ever pulled was 67-68 hours straight. a friend had given me some pills to help me sleep, but they ended up having the exact opposite effect. really weird, i wasn't tired at all the entire time i was up, and actually had to make myself lie down to sleep after the 68th hour. i just started getting worried that i hadn't slept in so long, and they were showing reruns of croc hunter.

post #12 of 119
[quote]Originally posted by Cosmo:
<strong>I remember sitting in english class copying a note from the board, but the not turned into a dream...</strong><hr></blockquote>

I hate it when that happens!!
I mean, you think you are actually paying attention and not sleeping--until the teacher wakes you up with a not-very-impressed look on their face.... :eek:
It doesn't bode well for my grade in AP Euro...
Oh well...

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post #13 of 119
I slept 17 hours straight Saturday night!
post #14 of 119
Now let's try this not sleeping having a severe flu and traveling.

This happens to me 2 years ago when I had the flu; I could not sleep because I was excited about my trip and then in the morning I flew to San Francisco and spent the day visiting then went out for new year's eve then I slept 3 hours did some more visiting then went out in the evening drank some and then collapse. Lucky for me I was in San Francisco at the time; people help me back to my hotel room.
post #15 of 119
In my wilder youth I used to stay up for over three days straight, sometimes much more many times . . . .

This is the way the people I hung with used to socialize: three days in a row up all night talking and jamming on instruments and talking and spacing and talking . . .

after so long awake, with other people also feeling the same way, -with much 'assistance'- you really feel some things that you would not ordinarily feel...real extremes of thought and emotion . . .quite intense experiences that I half gladly leave to my younger days and half miss.
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post #16 of 119
I think 34 hours is about the most I've done, and that took a concerted effort as I tend to be a sleep hound. How anyone could force themselves to stay awake for 36 hours, let alone 48 is beyond me. Caffeine and / or sugar would not do the trick for me at that point. I'd just drop like a stone. 'Cates, didn't you at least try to take some serious Dr. Pepper shots in an attempt to make it to midnight?

Aw hell, he probably won't be awake until tomorrow anyway so what am I asking for? *lol*

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post #17 of 119
I've gone 72.5 hours. High school finals week sure has changed...

Insomnia is actually something I've struggled with for a long time... Well, long enough to make a short film about it... Check it out if you want:

<a href="http://www.urbanmastermind.com/urbanmastermind/insomniac.mov" target="_blank">Hours Past the Midnight Streak</a> (31.5 MB)

Tell me what you think...
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post #18 of 119
It always takes me over an hour to fall asleep, sometimes more. That's the most annoying thing in my life about now...but it helps me burn off the calories, I guess...
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post #19 of 119
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I finally fell asleep last night...at 11pm. Missed the new year and all.



BUT, I slept until about 9am this morning, so I guess 10 hours is pretty good (I usually get about 5 or 6).

I don't recall having any exceptionally weird, freaky dreams though. I dreamed about an alligator on my street and that my car was painted blue and I was really upset about it.

post #20 of 119
I'm the opposite, I love to sleep. It's too bad that working means you have to get up early every day.
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post #21 of 119
last spring i averaged 3-4 hours of sleep a night over a period of 4+ months. it sucked. you can't do much with the time you're awake when you sleep so little. ;|
this semester i had 3 extended periods of no sleep. the first was about 4 days long, watching a dozen movies and building a website about them (though i did pass out a few times in between). the second was about 2 days long, watching another dozen movies and writing a paper about them. the third was during finals week, 10 hours of playing warcraft followed by playing starcraft for more than 20 hours followed by 15 hours of parties parties, followed by a day of unconciousness followed by a final that didn't go very well.
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post #22 of 119
[quote]Originally posted by psantora:
<strong>

I hate it when that happens!!
I mean, you think you are actually paying attention and not sleeping--until the teacher wakes you up with a not-very-impressed look on their face.... :eek:
</strong><hr></blockquote>

I sleep in class all the time. Usually teachers don't care. A few years ago i was sleeping in history class and i awoke to a tapping on my shoulder. I proceeded to yell at my friend explaining that i was trying 2 sleep. Then i turned around and realized that it was my teacher who had tapped me...
post #23 of 119
The only time I fall asleep in class is when we're watching really boring videos.
post #24 of 119
my problem is that I have become addicted to late night tv (dave letterman, bill maher, conan obrien). Ever since freshman year high school I have started to stay up later and later. Now my scedual on weekends is wake at 1:00 pm and go to bed about 3:00 am. Soon I could be nocternal <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
post #25 of 119
oh I spent about 48 hours away on boxing day/the day after. Dunno, just coundlt sleep.

A summer or two back I was up for close to 72h...
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post #26 of 119
My personal record is 81 hours. It started out as a Kevin Smith-athon (all of the movies plus the Clerks TV series) which was one planned sleepless night. I came home to discover that my washing machine had exploded and had been spraying water into the house's foundation for about twelve hours. A quick call to the Roto Rooter people and I had to spend the second night sitting up with every door and window in the place wide open and two VERY LOUD pumps pulling the water out. So, after 48 sleepless hours I get to go to work (Radio Shack) and we're doing inventory, starting after store closing at 9:00 PM. I finally got out of there at about 3:30 AM and had a message waiting on my cell phone from a friend who had been in an accident and needed me to pick him up from the police station. I got home at about 6:00 and the strangest thing happened... I couldn't sleep. I stared at the wall until my alarm went off, showered, and went back to work. Got off at 5:00 and slept like the dead for about 24 hours straight... I didn't feel normal for weeks afterwards. Not an experience I'm eager to repeat.
post #27 of 119
I'm sure I'm not adding anything much to the conversation... I've just been up since 5 am yesterday (its now 4 am) and I'm gettin ready to head to work for a day of warehousing(woohoo) until around 3. I haven't really started feeling different... Pretty much just a little tired and I'm bored outta my skull and need to kill an hour or so.

I'm pretty excited to spend all day fucking up numbers and Packing Slips and Purchase Orders while sending/receiving parts. That's sure gunna make my boss happy.

I know 24 hours is nothing compared even to 48+, but I've never-not slept and then went to work, so this should be a fun experience.
post #28 of 119
It's kinda fun at first, but you have to be very careful. Sleep deprivation will f*k you up bigtime. Drugs notwithstanding.

Fun, but play safe.
post #29 of 119
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...I sleep in class all the time. Usually teachers don't care. A few years ago i was sleeping in history class and i awoke to a tapping on my shoulder. I proceeded to yell at my friend explaining that i was trying 2 sleep. Then i turned around and realized that it was my teacher who had tapped me...

Yeah the main time I got in trouble with teachers for sleeping too much in class was when I brought a pillow to school. It was epic fun. My teacher got really pissed off though.
post #30 of 119
I used to pull one or two all-nighters a week in college... record was 86hrs straight of working. (Never take two classes with major semester projects due at the same time.)

I didn't start having cognitive problems until about hour 48. That was when I started sucking down caffeine like it was candy. By hour 65, I was hallucinating enough that my officemate left because I was freaking him out by telling the gnomes under the desk to be quiet and let me work. I think this is when I started drinking quad-shot lattes every two hours or so until the end. At hour 83, I had an hour long presentation to give. I made it through it one piece, and then it took me two hours to wind down. At that point, I fell asleep on the concrete floor of my office and didn't move for 24 hours straight. Several people came in to check on me to see if I was alive.

Wheeeeeee!

I can do about 36 hours now without too many problems, but 48 wipes me out for a couple days after.
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post #31 of 119
Wow, there was a pscates and a Brad here?

This is one old thread.

I was without sleep for three days (others report it was four, but how should they know, their minds were fresh).

I had to finalize a short movie edit, and only had a limited amount of time at the Avid. I exported stuff, colour corrected it, exported it from there, let the harddrive crash, exported it again, and then had to import and arrange all the stuff in Avid again. And I think I smoked cannabis at that time.

It was a strange experience, but there were no wild dreams afterwards. Only tiredness and a desire to sleep anywhere, even in the car or on the ground.

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At another project, a short film to say goodbye to my semester, I slept tow three hours on the ground for three days in our university, where I managed to be awaken twice by a teacher of some sort.


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Now, as I'm five years older, I can only get to two days without sleep.
post #32 of 119
i'm on 96 hours without sleep and ive passed the hallucinations and now its moving me to depression and thoughts of suicide...has anyone been here before?
post #33 of 119
I'm completely fascinated by the idea of the sleep deprivation addled wandering the internet, responding to six year old threads on random discussion boards.

Or six month old, as just happened. Do you hit a point where you just start googling "awake for 48 hours"?

As far as awake for 96 hours go, for real? Because that's very very bad. Is there a reason you can't just go to sleep?
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post #34 of 119
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i'm on 96 hours without sleep and ive passed the hallucinations and now its moving me to depression and thoughts of suicide...has anyone been here before?

If you are serious, you are in deep trouble. Number 1 is get some proper rest over the next few days. Then if you still feel messed up, see your doctor/psychiatrist. I'm not joking here.

Back in late '99 I was finishing up my final year lab project and got maybe a few hours sleep between 4am to 8am for about a week. Quite serious sleep deprivation.

I would hit the bed at 4am, then suddenly at 7am I feel like there is a presence in the room (felt for some reason like my cousin that died when he was a kid), and that somehow my life force was draining out of me, and felt like my eyes were open and I am looking around my room but I can't scream or move). Seemed to last for "a few minutes" and I would wake up suddenly. Happened a few times in that week I was sleep deprived.

Can't explain in too much detail, but this bout of sleep deprivation triggered some further psychiatric issues years down the line.
post #35 of 119
I once spent over 72 hours with my a team member trying to get our final project done: a complete real-time operating system (RTOS) running with all the tasks scheduled. It was a completed system with semaphores, critical sections, interrupts, etc..written in C for the microprocessor. A GUI was written in Java.
post #36 of 119
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I'm completely fascinated by the idea of the sleep deprivation addled wandering the internet, responding to six year old threads on random discussion boards.

Or six month old, as just happened. Do you hit a point where you just start googling "awake for 48 hours"?

As far as awake for 96 hours go, for real? Because that's very very bad. Is there a reason you can't just go to sleep?


Wow serious I just signed up so I can quote this. I googled up for 24 hours. Its now 32 hours I thought 24 would be more relevant in searching. I actually accomplish alot more when I get more sleepier. A bit odd if you ask me. Maybe someone will read this and repost to keep this alive over the years lol...
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Oh, man... this original post is almost NINE YEARS OLD!

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post #38 of 119
i've had insomnia for over 11 yrs. i know how you feel.
post #39 of 119
The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.
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post #40 of 119
you know with sleep deprivation cause other more scary symptoms such as sleep paralysis. Longest ive been awake for has been like 36 hours and the next day was pretty bad. My add meds help me cope with the lost of sleep but i on average get 5 hours of sleep every single day of the week. Well sleep paralysis happens to the common person when u are in a state where you could easily fall asleep. And if you awake while u easily fell asleep ur body is still in sleep mode and u hear a buzzing noise and are completely paralyzed. you feel ur body vibrate as u try to move it. in this state your eyes are open if u open em thats the only muscle u can control somewhat. you project ur dreams in this state and since its a scary experience ppl often project demons or the devil or aliens. if u know ur in this state close ur eyes as tight as possible and try to move ur right foot. (its weird but it works) or you can take advantage of this and project ur craziest dreams as they would look real. ive experienced this around 5 times. its very interesting. ive had 1 good experience and like 2 bad and 2 that i didnt care about and tried to prevent it from happening. as of right now ive been up for 28 hours and probably wont go to bed till midnight tomorrow fun stuff
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