Did he do that just for fun? A friends friend had a competition were they were trying to stay awake for as long as possible. He managed 52 hours(I think)... Kinda silly, actually, especially since he was going to school and everything at the same time.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.
Hehe, people are killed all the time when doing stuff they think is fun. Like those stupid teenagers that get drunk and run across the road in chicken outfits and get hit by trucks.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.
Psychotic. Would explain my situation. I'm a long-sufferer of insomnia myself. Have been since I was about 12 or 13.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.
It's very scary; the exhaustion can overtake a person at any time. I've managed to "get by" with two or three days without real "sleep". (Managing a few cat-naps in the internim; none lasting more then four hours.).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.
Yeah; I've read that perhaps 20% percent of all research papers are faked or fraudulant. Much like the South Korean stem cell "research".Sphynx said:Go figure. Not all investigative journalism was created equal.
I think the key issue here is that you don't know what an "urban legend" is.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...
87% of all statistics, etc, etc.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".