What’s the longest time you’ve gone without sleep?

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#1 Posted by Speeny (584 posts) -

A strange question but this board is meant for topics such as these. Lol

For me I’ve only been able to stay up an entire 24-28 hour time period. Because back in early 2017, my sleeping pattern was so jacked up at one point that was the only way to cure it.

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#2 Posted by plageus900 (2548 posts) -

72 hours. I work 45 hours a week, go to university full time and have a wife and child.

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#3 Posted by DEVILinIRON (4461 posts) -

Maybe 32. Had a hard time getting to sleep too.

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#4 Posted by br0kenrabbit (15555 posts) -

A full 7 days. Was having a bad reaction to some medication. Oh, it sucked. I started hallucinating there near the end.

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#5 Posted by SoNin360 (6934 posts) -

I don't know exactly, but I do know that I've hit 24+ hours before. So maybe 30 hours if I had to take my best guess. Similarly to OP, I've stayed up for extended periods to fix my sleeping schedule. Not sure how many times I cycled through sleeping at pretty much every hour interval of a day.

@br0kenrabbit said:

A full 7 days. Was having a bad reaction to some medication. Oh, it sucked. I started hallucinating there near the end.

That sounds about right. Very little to no sleep and I start acting loopy, can't imagine what 7 days would do. Also had a similar reaction to medication, except it was when I suddenly took myself off of it like I wasn't supposed to do. Barely slept for maybe 3-4 days but felt fine.

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#6 Posted by Speeny (584 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit: Yeah, medication man. I remember I was on something for depression and I felt like a freaking zombie.

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#7 Posted by Litchie (22592 posts) -

36 hours. It sucked.

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#8 Posted by thereal25 (1638 posts) -

@plageus900 said:

72 hours. I work 45 hours a week, go to university full time and have a wife and child.

That's what I call ambition!!!

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#9 Posted by DaVillain- (32886 posts) -

Me, as far as I ever gone without sleep, 26 hours and that's because I got snowed-in at my job, me and my fellow co-workers were all stuck in a small room, it was cold and I cannot sleep at all! I had to stayed up all night long until the Sun could thaw some of the ice on the streets and I couldn't be more happier to drive home and as soon as I got into my room, I crash without taking a bath or take off my clothes.

I didn't even wake up the next day, I was so freaking tired!

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#10 Posted by mrbojangles25 (42322 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit said:

A full 7 days. Was having a bad reaction to some medication. Oh, it sucked. I started hallucinating there near the end.

Yeah I had a hard time transitioning to graveyard shift once, I started seeing things in my peripheral vision. It was weird. Like I was good for everything straight ahead but the things on the outside started to get blurry and...made up.

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#11 Posted by ArchoNils2 (10200 posts) -
@plageus900 said:

72 hours. I work 45 hours a week, go to university full time and have a wife and child.

As someone who was in the same spot: Trust me, the concentration you lose when you stay awake too long isn't worth it. You should try to add some power naps, they can do wonders. Even just napping 30min can increase your concentration a lot

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#12 Edited by Master_Live (19197 posts) -

I procrastinate, going 36 hours (at least) straight is just a thing I have been doing all the time for many years now. But the longest has to be something like around 72 hours give or take.

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#13 Posted by shellcase86 (4103 posts) -

36-40hrs. It was terrible. Not very functional or alert once nearing that mark.

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#14 Edited by goodzorr (411 posts) -

Did about 52 hours a few weeks ago as my partner went in to labour on Sunday evening and was awake with her at the hospital until our daughter was born. Still haven't fully regained that sleep now haha.

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#15 Posted by comp_atkins (35342 posts) -

maybe 40-50 hours at the most.

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#16 Edited by tocool340 (21271 posts) -

*sigh* 12 days straight. One of my molars broke in half and I ended up in the most horrific pain I've ever felt. I couldn't afford to go to the dentist back then so I had to endure 2-3 weeks of mostly sleepless nights and agonizing pain. Eventually, my body said "to hell with pain! I'm shutting down!" and I was able to get a few hours of rest before the pain reminded me who's in charge. Besides the nagging nerve pain radiating throughout my entire face, the lack of sleep was taking its toll on my mental state too. I'd say after day 3 of no sleep, I felt like shit. And every day after was me battling pain, jitters, shakes, and my senses going out of wack. I had absolutely no fun throughout that experience. Thankfully, the pain went away a little after week 3....

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#17 Posted by Pcmasterrace69 (318 posts) -

Leaving heroin 3 weeks straight. Blackouts of 30 min to 2 hours happened but Im not sure if some were just memory lost from too long awake or if I did really sleep a bit.

After day 3 I alluncinated bad it was horrible. Then the blackouts and memory loss started and it was just like being tortured in an endless loop in hell.

Ater 3 weeks was able to sleep again a few hours a day.

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#18 Posted by plageus900 (2548 posts) -

@ArchoNils2: Yeah, it's starting to catch up with me. My work isn't just a just a job, it's my career and I'm only going back to school to add more ass to my arsenal. If it gets to the point where I can't juggle it anymore, I'll end up dropping out of school. I've been doing it for 3 years now.

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#19 Posted by warmblur (1082 posts) -

I hate that feeling of no sleep but when I was a kid I could handle it much better the longest I probably stayed up was two nights maybe 3 hard to say.

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#20 Posted by with_teeth26 (9096 posts) -

40-50 hours, when travelling from the jungle of Peru back home through a series of flights/waiting at airports.

some people can sleep on planes, or at airports, I am not one of them.

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#21 Posted by Jag85 (12408 posts) -

Several days.

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#22 Posted by omegaMaster (1018 posts) -

Probably 22 hours. It happened just that one time when I was in secondary school. Was too warm and wide awake. Was horrible getting just 2-hour sleep. Felt sleepy through the day. Should have taken the day off.

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#23 Posted by br0kenrabbit (15555 posts) -

@mrbojangles25 said:
@br0kenrabbit said:

A full 7 days. Was having a bad reaction to some medication. Oh, it sucked. I started hallucinating there near the end.

Yeah I had a hard time transitioning to graveyard shift once, I started seeing things in my peripheral vision. It was weird. Like I was good for everything straight ahead but the things on the outside started to get blurry and...made up.

Yup! Straight ahead was fine, in my peripheral vision I kept seeing smoke. Like, it didn't just look like smoke, it moved like smoke. And this was out of both eyes. And I was already paranoid.

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#24 Posted by ZakSaturday (7 posts) -

Probably two days, it was in year 2016 when i created my own website.

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#25 Posted by TheFlush (5923 posts) -

40 hours, after trying speed one night. I won't be doing that again, it sucked. And I don't recommend doing that to anyone either. Believe me, it's not worth it.