How long have you ever gone without sleep continuously?

@kahheng (281)
December 2, 2006 7:11pm CST
I know this is bad for health but I believe everyone has done it before one time or another. Though it is not recommended to do it too often. So, how long have you managed to keep yourself awaken without sleep continuously? Why did you do it? and How did you go about doing it? My record is 33 hours straight (though I have gove without sleep continuously for more than 24 hours a handful of time). Why I did it?.. I have to say work. We are cutting over a new server and need to perform program as well as data transfer. Though we tested and tested and tested, sometimes things that can go wrong would go wrong. And this is what happened on that day! Thank god we had a long week end to ensure the transfer was successful. How did I do it?.. Pure will to ensure we do not fail and loads of coffee!!!
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@desire64 (14)
• India
3 Dec 06
I HAVE BEEN AWAKE FOR ABOUT 29 HOURS CAUSE DURING MY EXAMS I HADNT STUDIED FOR THAT SUBJECT AND WAS AFRAID THAT I WOULD FLUNK IN THAT SUBJECT..
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• India
3 Dec 06
the stayed awake quite a lot of time... during marrieges n functions at home... thy go on late till 5 or 6 or may b 7 in the mornings...so we get to sleep at 8 or 9 in the morning...
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
So, I gathered that you stayed awaken for about 24 hours, ya?.. Yes, it can be challenging.. but when you think about it.. you kind of want to do it again, ya?..
• India
3 Dec 06
I had gone without sleep for almost 45+ hours. Having long trips on my bike is my hobby. I have travelled upto 48000+ kms on my bike. In one of my trip , i had to reach at my place at earliest. In that situation, I had driven my bike for 40+ hours without any night hault. I was just taken some breaks for refreshments.
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Wow!! you can still be physically doing things with 48 hours of non-sleep?.. you are incredible!!!
@mauier113 (688)
• Philippines
3 Dec 06
When I was still in school, I made it through 24 hours without sleep because we have to pass a project. I had lots of coffee and cola.
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Gad, that can be a nightmare, ya?.. Thank you for sharing your kind thoughts :)
@ashraf83 (645)
• Malaysia
3 Dec 06
13 hours top, life as a computer programmer is like a living hell.. but i love my job because it pays good.. oh yes coffee do help and add some willpower into it!
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@kahheng (281)
3 Dec 06
Yes, I would agree with you. IT is the worst profession anyone would want to indulge themselves in. Pay is never worht the effort and our kinds are never appreciated! End users never see any important in us IT people. Management as well as many always regard IT department as a 'waste of good money'. Sad but true.. lol..
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@bsabers (668)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I remember one time back a few years ago where I probably went 36 hours without sleep, and it flat out stunk! I remember I was dragging so much, and crawling into my bed never felt so good. It was a little contest me and my buddies had to see who could stay up the longest, and I managed to pull out the victory, and the 20 dollars from the bet :)
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@kahheng (281)
4 Dec 06
lol!! you stayed awaken for 36 hours for a measly 20 bucks?! yup, i know, at the young age, we all do crazy stuffs!!! gratz for the 20 bucks tho.. lol..
@14missy (3185)
• Australia
4 Dec 06
Being a shift worker at one stage (I am a nurse) there are many times when we go for 24 hours or so without sleep. Not a reccommended thing to do though because you don't feel really good when you eventually hit the sack, but mine was done of necessity, not because I loved doing it. Ha Ha
@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Do you feel a sence of appreciation as a nurse? We in IT field do not, though.. Yes, life as a nurse would definitely give ones experience of sleepless nights.. After all, some surgeries can go for hours, right?
@jimbl75 (152)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I'm with you man, I'm a network administrator so I've been there done that. I recently worked 32 hours straight because of a major server failure and it took me that long to get it back up and running. Then I had to be to work still the next morning. My wife works very strange hours, so I am used to getting 4-6 hours of sleep. I know it's not good, but when I get a chance to sleep in, look out! :) Jim
@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Lol.. Life in IT is not a healthy one, right? Besides clocking the odd hours and face much stress, most of the time we are not appreciated. Though developed contries, IT specialist pays well, in developing countries, the pay is bad. It makes me feel that IT is not a good prospect when it comes to it being a profession in developing countries... :\
@daehtop (118)
• United States
4 Dec 06
My record for staying up continuously is about 2 days. I did this for the simple fact that I wanted to see how long I could go without sleep. How I did this was very simple! Theres only one word to explain it. CAFFEINE Take it from someone who knows you really need sleep. If I don't sleep I look rough as hell. lol
@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Wow! an experiment on ones-self.. You are a curious lot, aren't you. Glad you took the trouble and know now that lack of sleep is bad.. it is one heck of an experience, isn't it? :p
@merrie (58)
3 Dec 06
About 60 hours. My son was not a great sleeper when he was a baby and most of the time needed rocking asleep in my arms (and holding if he was to stay asleep). I was a babbling idiot by the time I got some sleep. No change there then.
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
You did get short naps inbetween, right?.. But still it can be tiring.. I experienced it too.. I have 2 girls of my own :)
@lilmissy (481)
• United States
3 Dec 06
6 days , i couldnt sleep had to go hospital and get medications to make me sleep and a shot too , i was seeing stuff tho nd hallucinateing terriably , i was all jumpy and scared cause i was confused , doctors said my rain was sleeping actually haveing dreams tho i seemed awake and that what i was seeing was the dream world and the real world one on top of the other so thats why i was seeing all kinds of wierd things it was just my dreams , still it freaked me out and i had to take meds for awhile to get regulated is has happened a few times over the years its actually 7 am here now and i still havent been to bed , was never a fan of sleep
@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
OMG! it sure is a scary experience.. I hope you would find a cure to this soon.. Do you have rings round your eyes?..
@funfreak2k2 (1740)
• India
3 Dec 06
one will become like this :) - it harms our health a lot !
my record is 38 hours. when i was doing my post graduation. but when i slpt after this break, i slept as if i was in heavern!
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Did you not wake up with a heavy head?..I know I did.. lol..
@BoomYes (137)
• Indonesia
3 Dec 06
the longest time i didn't sleep is for 3 days and then so tired so i sleep for almost 2 days LOL
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
What did you do for that 3 days?.. What kept you awaken?... Lol, slept 3 days straight?.. It is like you hybernated!!.. lol..
• United States
3 Dec 06
i'd been suffering from insomnia before and i'm almost awake for 3 days straight.. the feeling was very unusual.. And until now, i still have trouble sleeping sometimes but not like when i still had insomnia
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
I heard that insomnia can drive a person crazy. Is it true? How do you cure yourself off insomnia?..
@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
3 Dec 06
im really not sure but ive gone several times without sleeping during the night at all and sleeping only the next night. that happens a lot when im travelling from the US to another country because i can never sleep well on the plane and usually arrive in my destination in the morning so i cant sleep until that night.
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Yes, jet-lag can be dreadful.. I experienced it myself recently. Lucky our bosy adjust quickly to the change, ya?..
@Meljep (1668)
• United States
3 Dec 06
32 hours is the record here. It's easy if you are involved in a high energy, fast paced project, such as moving or working, etc.
@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Wow! you are definitely fit to be able to be doing fast paced, high energy project continuously for 32 hours straight!!! well done!! I wish I could be like you one day :)
@answartz (121)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Probably about 26 hours. I think we were travelling and there were all the time changes and plane transfers, etc. It was pretty ugly, though. Once worked about 31 days straight without a day off and that was pretty evil, as well. Your mind starts making its own reality.
@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Yes, I experience jet-lag recently.. bad experience.. it gives you a heavy head and you fell tired all the time.. Thank god it is only for a short period of time before our body adjust itself, right?..
@freeky83 (74)
• India
3 Dec 06
i was a total game freak...(and still bit of it is left in me)..so i used to game a lot..I used to play Counter Strike with my friends on LAN and once i played for continuously 12-15 hours..i had my exams going on( the next day was one paper) so i started preparing for them too but the syllabus was too much so i went without sleep for almost 23-25 hours in all..that was too much for me..!!!
@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
Lol, you remind me of those days myself. I was a game freak too and then there was a time when it went out of control.. I would game from sun down to sun rise.. When you game, you never feel the time fly by, right?.. lol..
• Italy
3 Dec 06
It could be around 40 hours straight...i did it when i spent an entire night on a train...it was the first time i travelled all alone and i was pretty worried that someone could steal my suitcases! LOL... I had to wait the next night to sleep...and i can't drink coffee :S :D! But when i have to do an exam at University, i can't sleep as well the night before...but usually i go straight to bed when i come home!
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
I am just wondering how you did it.. 40 hours straight without sleep in a train doing what?.. How did you occupy yourself in that train staying awaken?.. If I am sleepy and do nothing, I would definitely fall a sleep!!.. lol..
• Philippines
3 Dec 06
I've been doing since i become of mylot!...I have this determination to earn money!..I know it but for the health but i cant control myself!...I need to work hard for me to achieve my target amount for the week!...I it sound odd but that is true!...I always sleep 4:30 in the morning and wake up 10-11 am!...Im torturing myself now and i become an addict member of mylot!...
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@kahheng (281)
17 Dec 06
lol.. earning from mylot should be deemed as side income only.. i seriously doubt anyone can make a lilving doing full time posting in mylot (is it possible?.. anyone out there doing just that?) Post as mucha s you can, but my advice is do not over do it.. Over doing things are always bad...