How Long Can We Survive Without Sleep?


The main characters in Soul Of The Beast  and Awakening Of The Beast, are forced to go without sleep for days.   Below are excerpts from the website SLEEPIO

[How long can we survive without sleep? We don't actually know. What we do know is sleep, like breathing] is a fundamental human requirement. It has even been said that one could survive for three times as long without food as one could without sleep. [One animal experiment] found that depriving rats entirely of sleep resulted in their death, or near-dying state, within 11-32 days…


[There is a medical condition known as] Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI).  [The symptoms begin ]with insomnia [and progress to] hallucinations, weight loss… dementia [and finally] death…

In the 1960s a high school student named Randy Gardner set out to break the world record for the longest time spent awake… he contracted problems with eyesight,,. cognitive deficiencies… speech and memory problems…Towards the end …he also started to hallucinate…


Anyone ever go without sleep for a long time?  I’d like to hear about your experience. Please post your comments below.

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