I’ve been awake for two straight days now, between aderall, coffee and neurosonic mineral water. I drove home from Marquette, Michigan to Green Bay. During the drive I kind of fell asleep, woke up 5 miles down the road from where I last remember, I was in a different dimension, don’t know how I know but I was somewhere else experiencing a different reality. Then when I got home my body failed me, I fell asleep after I almost collapsed. Woke up two hours later and was wide awake for a couple hours. Now I’m tired again, my lungs, heart and brain hurt so I’m gonna go to bed. I have a feeling some people will find this interesting.
I know that feeling. Done it far too often (life of a procrastinating university student), I’m getting better though. My personal record is 5hrs of sleep in a 72 hr time frame. I slept 17 straight hours after. Thats nuts/impressive that you drove that far, glad you made it home safe.
I’m all for experimentation, particularly with sleep deprivation, but PLEASE don’t endanger other people as a result of your experimentation.
@edwardbernays, Did you experience anything worth recounting here? I endeavor to make it 72 hours without sleeping and document anything neat that happens, I’m curious for an anecdotal preview.
Well… I’ve done 48 hours and found it incredibly hard to fall asleep. As I lay down my body would get ultra-fucked up and freaked out, and as soon as I shut my eyes instant tension in the whole body like it was too foreign, I had forgotten how to sleep. After laying down for what seemed like 3 hours, anxious, pissed, and deprived of coherent thought, I fell asleep.
It really freaked me out, I felt like I messed up my circadian rhythm so bad that I may never sleep again! I also tend to get really messed up in general when I stay up past a normal time. (Like really messed up)
as an artist i used to stay awake and paint and just smoke pot and eat brown rice for three or four days and nites at a time; making insane paintings: but i never went out or met anyone: this is a good way to find deeper levels inside yourself: it is nuts to drive or even go out: this is a meathod for inner exploration and expression:
@eyesopen, could you define worth recounting a little bit, like physically, mentally, my functionality, etc? Also, I’d recommend a shorter period of time, like 24-48, which I do quite frequently for school. I find that when I run on little or no sleep, this is when I feel most awake or alive. That’s why I secretly love the end of the term in university- long nights, music, and coffee.
@edwardbernays, Reading about your habitual procrastination makes me feel a little better! I also feel more alive like you say – I ALWAYS stay up late for the last night of the semester. Sometimes I just HAVE to stay up to finish a paper or something, this time (last night), I just decided to stay up. Needless to say, I’ve felt really good all day.
On another note, I think you might appreciate http://www.rainymood.com
@edwardbernays, Describing your state of mind and level of consciousness at various points of the experience would be interesting for me, I’m not so much interested in physical results of the deprivation.
I openly love the end of a uni semester man, everyone is stressed for finals and you make some amazing connections at three in the morning while you’re putting off studying with some close friends.
@eyesopen, as @ijesuschrist mentioned, I got to a point where I thought I couldn’t fall asleep for a while, and I started to think I could go without sleep permanently and thought that this would mean I would have a third-ish longer conscious life than if I slept. I realized with this time there was so much more I could probably get accomplished. Too bad not only is sleep vital, I also love it. I guess also between 24-48 hrs I always get a feeling of peace, and this is when my most abstract thinking happens. Theres something special about that time at 3-4 in the morning when its dark out and everyone else in your time zones asleep, but you’re awake. I think it could have something to do with the circadian cycles but I don’t know much on that subject. I’m glad that you also appreciate this time of year!
@kkainoa, Likewise, I’m glad you too have similar feelings, most of my friends hate staying up. I too find it fun to stay up for no reason, and ya I like rainy moods too! Have you tried http://8tracks.com/ ?