How long have you gone without sleep?

How long have you gone without sleep?

  • under 24 hours
  • 24-36 hours
  • 36-48 hours
  • 48-74 hours (2-3 days)
  • 74-98 hours (3-4 days)
  • 98-122 hours (4-5 days)
  • 122-146 hours (5-6 days)
  • 146-170 hours (6-7 days)
  • over a week

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…in one go… i think i can manage 20 hours max… never gone a night without some sleep.

What about everybody else?

[if a mod can make a poll for this, like under 24, 24-36, 36-48 hours, 2-3 days, 3-4 days, 4-5 days, 5-7 days, over a week, that would be appreciated, cos i cant see a way of doing it myself] done :moogle:

Longest I’ve gone without sleep is 31 hours, that’s why I have melatonine now.
And is’nt there already a thread like this?

I have gone 36 hours without sleep a few times.
It has some interesting effects sometimes.
Last time, for instance, my thoughts were like the cut-up tape experiments of Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs.

And answer to your question, I think the longest was about 38 hours.

i love going w/o sleep. just today i went to school on no sleep and during first period ap physics i felt like i was high and i just laughed at random things. ive never been high before, but i can imagine what itd be like. im hoping for some killer LD tonight.

Yes, it can be a lot of fun, but I dont think it’s very good for your health though.

Once when I had been awake for some 30 hours, my neighbour stumbled into my room. He looked very tall beacuse he was sitting on somebody’s shoulders and wearing a long coat. He had a hard time keeping his balance and almost broke my door.
Later, when I was talking to someone on msn, I wondered where my neighbour had gone. Then I realized he hadn’t been there at all. :eh:

My record is about 20 hours too. Also, once I had bus trip by night and couldn’t sleep in such uncomfortable conditions - but I don’t count it as night-off since even though I don’t remember, I probably must have been asleep at least for several minutes.


I’ve never gone more then 24 hours without sleep, at least as far as I can remember. I have gone 3 days with only 7 hours of sleep total though.

The longest I’ve gone without sleep is about 40 hours or so I think.

Between two and three days is my current record. About four years ago I was working in a grocery store over Christmas, and a series of misfortunes (including some of the other workers falling sick and being involved in accidents) led to me working about 40 hours in just three days. I had a midnight start on X-mas Eve (after being awake the entire day before), worked through to about 4pm, and then had to start again at midnight on Christmas day. I could have had a nap during that time, but for some reason, I just didn’t feel like it. It’s hard to describe, but once the crippling fatigue goes away after the first 24-30 hours, you suddenly start to feel quite energetic. In fact, you feel very energetic. I was running around like a hyperactive kid on a sugar high, punching open foam boxes and bouncing on the spot. It’s probably not healthy to go that long without sleep, but it’s interesting to see how your body reacts to it.

(thanx to whichever mod made my thread into a poll, although youve made some of the hour numbers 2 hours too long (7 days = 168 hours) but that doesnt matter. dankeschon!)

I’ve been awake for seven days plus and it isn’t pretty!

I was sitting in my chair watching smoke raise off my keyboard. And then my dog started to yell at me in english, so me and my dog were yelling at each other.

Once you’ve been up for five days the hallucinations get bad.

My friend says that when he goes more than a couple of days without sleep, he becomes paranoid. What other affects are there of abstaining from sleep for too long. And whats the world record for going without sleep.

well I had been awake too long when I made the poll :wink:

So well put. I have gotten the same effect a few times. I am not sure how long I have bean awake, but 30 ours is not unormal for me. Somtimes when I read Burroughs I am sure I am reading a dream, and also my dreams often act like this. Cut up and jumping scenarios. Sorry for getting so of topic, but I just love Burroughs. You wanna start a group of grey gentelmans who are beating up young nowgooders with there walking sticks on the subway with me Halstrom :content:

The world record is held by Randy Gardner, who stayed awake for 264 hours (11 days). :eek:

One time when I was a little kid, I thought I stayed awake for 2 weeks. I think i just couldnt get to sleep and only slept for a little while and didn’t remember falling asleep so I think the longest I have stayed awake is 2 days :sleep:

For winter finals last year I pulled two back-to-back all nighters. The longest I’ve gone without sleep though is just a little over 72 hrs.

It’s such a miserable feeling after the day I finally sleep again.

Wow…I need to try not sleeping some time. I’ve had periods of very little sleep, but there’s always been some litte nap in between the hours.

I think 22 hours is my real record. Travelling home from an island in Croatia by taxi, boat and airplane. :smile: I set my contacts-record as well, 16 hours with dailies.

36 hours on my first vacation was my longest.