Halman said:One of my friend's fathers spent 6 months in the hospital learning how to sleep normally again after he spent a week awake.
Halman said:No, he was having a lot of job related stress I think. But it very nearly killed him, so I assume it wasn't for fun.
Sphynx said:This is highly, highly doubtful. Medically, it is pretty much impossible. Most people go psychotic after a few days without sleep. Feel free to Google Scholar studies on sleep deprivation if you want more details.
Sphynx said:Now, there are some people who can go into sleep-like states that serve as a sort of substitute for sleep (but not on a long-term basis). If he was doing deep meditation with some sort of REM cycle, it could theoretically be possible (but distinguishing that from a nap would be very difficult).
But, I'm going to say that I don't buy this at all.
Most likely, he is sleeping without realizing it, or he has some sort of condition where he remains attuned to his senses while asleep (there's a lot more to sleep than closing your eyes and "conking out" so to speak). There is no way we can say he is not sleeping unless he has had consecutive sleep studies done on him.
Sphynx said:Go figure. Not all investigative journalism was created equal.
Shooter said:I dont think this is an urban legend at all, because this is not the first case documented. The last one I've heard was about a russian (ucranian?) guy who spent 20 years without sleep, but had to be medicated to maintain his fisical condition. Who knows, the human brain is still a mistery...
TigerNobleHeart said:Yeah; I've read that perhaps 20% percent of all research papers are faked or fraudulant. Much like the South Korean stem cell "research".