A Conversation for Sleep
Researcher 187717 Started conversation Nov 29, 2001
I just read the entry that says after 72 hrs. of consecutive non-sleep, you may become schizophrenic or suffer from irreversible brain damage. Has anyone tried going that long without sleep, and if so, what were the results?
2tall Posted Oct 3, 2002
This maybe good/bad advice I don't know,
I am a cronic insommiac which I discovered when I became a private hire driver in Liverpool, everything started well until I slowly began to have shorter and shorter amounts of sleep and began to work longer and longer hours to the point that I was working anything upto 17 hours a day and only sleeping for 3 hours during the day and on many occasions went from starting work on the Friday evening at 5pm and then only going to bed at 7am monday morning which 3 days without sleep you would of thought that it would lead to a long sleep but for me it was if I was lucky only ever 8Hours at the most and then back to the 3 hour sleep/ 17 hours working pattern.
When people started noticing something was wrong was my sudden wieght loss and the irractic mood swings and the the paranoia started to show through which I had managed to keep hidden from people for quite a long time. Eventually I completely went out the game for a year and it was only when my grandad beg me to get help and fortunatly I was pretty coheirent that particular day. That was 7 years ago and have been on medication everyday since. At present things that happend in that year are slowly coming back me over time and I cringe and hate myself for what I put people through but luckily I have a good family and a good set of friends who stuck by me and helped me get through it all.
If the one piece of advice I can give is sort the problem out because once the paranoia sets in it becomes at really bad on going nightmare that has no-end to it which is one bad place to be in.
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