Discussion in 'I Have a Question...' started by Malcontent, Oct 16, 2006.

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  1. Malcontent

    Malcontent Staff Alumni

    How long can the average person go without sleep before they start to hallucinate/go a bit crackers? :insomnia:
  2. thedeafmusician

    thedeafmusician Staff Alumni

    I dont know... but after about 60 hours or so I start going funny... it depends on the person.
  3. Sa Palomera

    Sa Palomera Well-Known Member

    I wouldnt know, thank god I havent reached that point *yet*. Longest without sleep for me was about 50hrs and I was still acting normal.
  4. claycad

    claycad Well-Known Member

    I think it takes a long time, like up to two week to start experiencing hallucinations, but the brain differs from person to person, so there is no real way to tell at what point a person might start experiencing hallucination. While sleep deprivation up to a week can cause things like lose of memory and lack of concentrations are common, it usually take longer to start actually hallucinating. The brains different for everyone though, if you think you are hallucinating I'd get your ass to a doctor.
  5. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    been just about over three weeks for me. one thing is things go in slow motion for me every once in a while. And at randoms times everything will be really flashy and sparkly.
  6. neutral

    neutral Well-Known Member

    For me it takes more than 96 hours constantly awake for hallucinations become apparent.

    If I sleep less then 4 hours each day for 3 or 4 weeks then I just feel tired and have the shakes. (Good times :tongue:)

    There was an experiment that some people took part in. One person made 8 days without sleeping. Also there is a condition called Fatal familial insomnia where the person effected does not sleep for more then 6 months and death is the result.
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  7. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    I have not had restorative sleep in one month. I know I have been in the early stages of sleep but it's kind of like drifting off into a dream and awaking right after. Not sure how long a person can go without restorative sleep.
  8. Robin

    Robin Guest

    I read somewhere that there's a rare genetic disease that kicks in sometime mid life and stops you sleeping, they last about half a year or so. I know when I was getting insomnia it nearly drove me nuts, I was hallucinating pretty bad at one point, "luckily" I had my accident but I was a mess afterwards.
  9. resistance

    resistance Staff Alumni

    Hmm well I remember a reality TV show where contestants had to stay awake for 7 days, the person who was able to stay awake the longest won £100,000. Anytime they fell asleep they would lose £1,000 every 10 seconds. It effects people in different ways. Typically, hallucinations start after 72 hours without sleep. Typically. But that doesn't mean to say it'll take 72 hours for you. Could be shorter, could be longer.
  10. Grand Nyorai

    Grand Nyorai New Member

    Sleep is good...

    After not sleeping one full night, then the next night only getter a few hours sleep, I started hallucinating. I saw everything sort of in a hexagon grid. Not fun...

    Without caffeine and so on, you probably hallucinate much quicker. Once after not sleeping for three days and drinking lots of caffeine and sugar, everything looked bigger than usual :blink:
  11. carol2237

    carol2237 Guest

    Re: Sleep is good...

    I have gone 8 days and been fine hallucinating wise, so i guess it just depends on the person.

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