Have you ever stayed awake for 24 hours?

Philippines
February 14, 2009 8:47pm CST
Have you tried it? I have. It happened months ago when I worked night shift and I had to go a bon voyage party for my best friend and I just couldn't ignore it 'cause she's leaving for a long time. Though my head is aching sooo much, it's okay 'cause I did for a good purpose. Have you had any experience where you have to stay awake for 24 hours? Share some :)
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• Egypt
15 Feb 09
yeah college I stayed for 24 hours, becaue I wanted to study as much as I can, wasn't very smart though cause I kept nodding off in the middle of the exam, and couldn't keep my eyes open. Also when my sister gave birth to her baby girl I was with her all night long at the hospital and I didn't get any sleep and HAD to go to work. I kept falling a sleep and I slept a little in the bathroom. thanks god it was a slow day. LOL
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
LOL. Sleeping in the bad room is kinda odd but yeah, I think studying for 24 hours for an exam is not really a smart thing to do 'cause your brain needs to rest also. Anyways, thanks for responding and good luck with everything.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
yes I did 26 hrs awake, yes because I'm driving our van and I take coke and coffee for me stay awake. It's difficult without enough sleep especially if you are driving as it may take you danger the lives of your passenger. I said to myself that I will not do it again, it's difficult your mind is not alert as of with enough sleep.. But if it needed not to sleep maybe I will do it again but as much as possible not..
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
It's really dangerous so if you really have to do it next time, just be extra careful. Take care!
@ehlana88 (330)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I've done this lots of time and each time I say its not gonna happen again. And then a couple months later a year or two and I'm pulling all nighters and LOOOOOOOOONG weekends. It's horrible and I always sleep for days afterwards.
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Yeah, it's horrible and the headache is just a big prob!
• South Africa
16 Feb 09
I attended a stay-awake party at school and we all camped in the school hall and stayed up all night. Then I would have to say when my daughter was born. I could not sleep at all the night before and my water broke at 5am the next morning. She was born at 10:10am bt I only slept that night.
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@jambi462 (4593)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Yes I've easily stayed awake for twenty four hours and I think the longest I've ever gone without sleeping is probably like seventy something hours. I know that I didn't sleep for two nights straight and I stayed awake throughout the whole day of like three days. I don't think that we necessarily need sleep to survive and we can do without it at times.
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@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
15 Feb 09
When I was in college, I did have to pull a few all-nighters, but there is just NO WAY that I could do it now... I would fall asleep by 10 at night! I think in order to stay up back then I took some pill called No-Doze, and it really did work, but it was most likely just loading me up on caffeine!
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• United States
15 Feb 09
I did for forty-eight once. Had to write a big(60 page) paper in 2 days, and only had free time at nights. So I took a ton of caffiene and forced my way through it.
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Wow, 48 hours! Yeah, I could imagine, it must be cups and cups of coffee! You rock, man! :) Well, hope that thing you're working went well.
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• United States
15 Feb 09
whew 48 hrs..i dont think i can do that,..
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
I almost did it once. Well, almost, my head is aching so much, I just can't bear it; I have to sleep. It's for people who has a lot of resistance, energy drink, and caffeine, lol
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
try 96 hours. i was on call for 4 days straight. i want to make clear, though, that although i haven't been lying down, my mind has been sneaking in sleep by making me doze off one second at a time. i think most people experience this when they're sleepy and driving... they keep nodding off. so although i haven't slept for 4 days straight, my body is cheating and i am getting micronaps as i go. =)
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
96? Wow, what a toughie! I wonder if it's me, for more than 24 hours, I feel like floating and so dizzy, how much more if it's 96. It must be really hard to be a doctor, huh? That's why I adore them and I look up to them 'cause they're great people.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
well.... it's a noble profession, i really have to admit. but doctors are still people, and they do a lot of things that will make you want to take back your praises. hehe. still, knowing that doctors really do sacrifice almost all their time trying to help people, i guess i can say it's pretty neat to be one. ^_^ but oooh, what i'd do to never lose sleep again. LOL!
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
and oh, don't ever wish to stay up for 4 days straight. you'll want to strangle everyone! hehe! nice question! happy myLotting!
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
hi dutchess, I tried 48hours. I tried working double job. I was a manager during the day and work night shift for a call center, It wasn't fun at all. On the 2nd day without sleep, I had to go on duty for my night shift job and I found my iris voluntarily spinning on it's own. I have to stand up all the time because I automatically fall asleep when I sit down even when someone is speaking on the other line. Whew! I found myself exhausted eventually and had to quit the night shift. A person cannot stay awake for so long. That's the lesson I learned. And you can't give your best shot exhausting yourself. 24hours awake is pretty normal to me now.
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
You're a hardworking one but it's not worth it when you're depriving yourself to sleep 'cause you may just end up checking in to a clinic for a diagnosis of severe headache and hypotension so it's not worth it at all. Glad to know you quit the night job. Good luck
• Israel
15 Feb 09
I used to work 2 jobs also. Every weekend I had to stay awake for 36 hours. I hated it. To make matters worse I was only sleeping 5 hours a night during the week because I was working all the time. I was so busy I even had a schedule for when I could sit on the toilet. Never again will I work so many hours. I want 8 hours off for sleep and I want to be able to sit and poop when I need to and not when I could schedule it in.
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
The things we do for work and money. Now, I learned one good lesson to value the money that I worked hard for. I thought that if I work my azz I can have all the things that I want but it only made me spend more. Accumulating 50 pairs of shoes. Now I'm down to 5. I'm saving for things that are tangible like a house or car. for now, a laptop is all that I want. :)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I have stayed up for 24 hours and then some. I work odd shifts one month I am on days, one month I am on nights. There have been many days where I've had to get up and do something during the day, and then go to work, only to come home after working my 12 hour shifts to do something the next day because it has to be taken care of. I also have to stay up when it's my weekend to switch to go to days. I get up during the day I have to work my final night, go to work, and work my shift, come home and stay up all day, until 10 that night so I can sleep at night to return to work on the following day at 6 am.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
I worked for night shift also and some times, I almost up for 24 hours too. But, what can we do. It's work. Better to have an odd one than lose it especially nowadays that times are tough.
@ellie26 (4140)
• Malaysia
15 Feb 09
I experienced that every months. I don't know why but may be it I am under a lot of stress. Usually I will be very energetic and do a lot of things at one time. After that I will be feel giddy and start to yawn continually until my tears come out. I usually force myself to sleep or make myself really really tired so I can fall asleep.
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Maybe, you should go for a consult or something, you may wanna check out why you cannot sleep consistently like you said, every month. Sleep is very important, you know.
@Erssyl (617)
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
I have,when my mother was nearly dying.She started being restless the whole day.So my attention was with her till the next day.She passed away at 3 in the morning.Have to arrange for every thing for her.And can't get to sleep till the 3rd day.I felt I was lost that time.
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Aw, I'm so sorry for your loss but just rest assured that she's at peace now and all of your hard work is appreciated by her. Thanks for responding to my discussion and God bless.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Hello the_dutchess, Yeah, I have on several occassions. You see I work on shifting and during the graveyard shift, sometimes you stayback at work for 24 hours. I just did it once because we really need to finish something. I don't think it is advisable because you are not 100% effective. Some of my co-worker even tried 48 hours awake. It's crazy right, but it's not impossible to do but the truth is you are just killing yourself. Regards.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Hi Robert. I work on a graveyard shift to and I could really relate. Yeah, a day without sleep is like really a mess, how much more if it's 48 hours. I couldn't do 48...
@fishpool (186)
• China
15 Feb 09
of course,on the eve of the spring festival,we chinese usually stay up until next day,during this time,we often have meal at the table together and then see the program at eight o'clock .someone play games such as " majong" .
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
That's interesting. Thanks for sharing a bit of a cultural fact to us.
@guchuang (83)
• China
15 Feb 09
Oh,I think it is a little hard for me to stay awake for 24 hours.I even could not without sleep for about 10 hours.Usually I will sleep for about 10 every day so that can make me sufficient of energy next day. The longest time I stay awake was in the last Chinese new year.I think I stayed awake about 20 hour,and make me so tired.
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
I think it's good that your body is needing 10 hours of sleep 'cause it's enough and it's a good rest. It will make you healthier.
@Qaeyious (2361)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I had insomnia every once in a while as a teenager, so there were many. The last time though as an adult was when I first got the internet and AOL. Their 3.0 software was excellent for chat rooms and my dial up connection handled it with ease. There was once I did not go to sleep that night, and it was a voluntary decision (unless you consider it an addiction)
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
I wonder what it feels to have an insomnia
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Hey... Yeah, I pull hours like that all the time. My toddler refuses to sleep regular hours. She likes to sleep when I have to be up getting my son up for school, and I can't catch a nap, and she like to take another nap so I call them, right after dinner, when it's about timee for my son to want to take a bath, bedtime story, and so on, and there again I can't catch me a nap because I am the only one home to take care of my children, so when I get my son in bed she's back up and ready to go, so I pull them most of the time, other than on weekends when I can sleep in the morning for a few hours because My son doesn't have to get up and go to school. It's rough on the body.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
I guess it's really different when you have kids 'cause you know, you have to take care of them and all that but I think overall, it's a good experience 'cause it's an act of love anyway. I wonder what would it be for me if I have my own kids someday.
@glords (2614)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Once I had to drive to Vegas to see some friends, put needed to get home the next day. So I drove down during the night spent the day and then drove home the next night. It was awful, miles of dark empty highway. Seeing old friends was so not worth that drive home. I'd never do it again, plus I hit a jack rabbit on the way home. So sad!
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• Philippines
15 Feb 09
It's dangerous driving without sleep so you just have to be very careful in case you'll need to do it again. Poor jack rabbit, so sorry for him.
• United States
3 Apr 09
I was leaving for vacation last year in March. The day before I was supposed to leave, I was going to an afternoon hockey game, picking up my best friend after the game (she was going with us). I was pretty much up from 8am that Sunday to 10pm that Monday night. My boyfriend (I flew to see him) encourage me to get some sleep, but I literally bouncing off the walls =) 38 hours without sleep and I don't think I can ever do that again.
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• Romania
2 Apr 09
I did not exactly try, but it happened. I was like a robot, still able to work or drive the car, talking less than usual, but OK. Still, all my reactions started to slow down, and I kissed the bed suddenly, not much after 24 hours. Why? Because I had to work, then travel/and could not sleep during the trip and, as soon as i got to the destination I had to work hard stay awake again for 10 hours.