Experts recommend that we should sleep around 7 to 9 hours
every night. Our body needs regular sleep to be able to perform important
physiological functions, such as to repair muscle (tissue), memory and hormone
However, for modern society each time we are required to be
constantly productive. Sometimes we sacrifice our sleeping time just for the work
until late at the night.
Actually how long can a person be physically capable without
American male Randy Gardner who is currently 70 years old is
a “world record” holder for not sleeping for 11 days and 25 minutes.
W. Christopher Winter, neurologist and sleep researcher from
America, said he was skeptical of this record.
“The research team admitted that he had a constant
‘micro sleep’ or a short sleep period that lasted only a few seconds during the
study,” Winter said.
If someone is unable to sleep for days, of course his
mental health will be disrupted.
For example, in 1959 when a radio presenter named Peter
Tripp decided to broadcast the show from the middle of Times Square for 201
hours directly to raise funds for a foundation.
On the third day, the effect of sleep deprivation on
Tripp’s mentality began to appear. He began to curse the people around him and
hallucinating seeing spiders.
Tripp did succeed in completing his mission and recovered
shortly after. However, his family members said he had changed.
There are many stories circulating on social media about
people who claim they don’t sleep at all or only sleep one hour per night.
But, Winter said these stories might not be accurate.
According to him, many people think they don’t sleep and don’t believe what their
In the other words, even if someone says they only sleep one
hour or more each night, in fact they sleep without realizing it, even if it only
for a few minutes.
The brain forces us to sleep
Actually, it’s almost physically impossible to stay awake
for days. This happens because the brain basically forces us to fall asleep.
Winter says as much as possible we try to force ourselves to
stay awake, finally the brain is fixated on sleep and at some point we cannot
hold it back.
“In addition, there are many health risks associated
with lack of sleep for the long term,” said Michael J. Breus, a sleep
According to him, lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, decreased sexual arousal, and weakened immune system. We are also more prone to accidents, especially if we are driving.
According to Winter, there is no set amount of hours for how long a person can stay awake, this trial may not be appropriate. “My record is 48 hours and I hallucinating my mother’s voice who whispers to me,” he said.