What are fun hallucinations or optical illusions that make you feel like you’re part of a horror movie but in real life? This is something that can really happen if you do not sleep enough. The following article will guide you step by step through each of the stages that are experienced in the process of the extreme hardship of the sleep and, perhaps, discover what it is that awaits you on the other side of life.
Imagine for a minute how much more we could do if we reduce the time we use to sleep. With all of those extra hours, we could become superhuman. Have you ever wondered if there is the slightest possibility of train our brain to sleep less time, or perhaps never did?
Us, Great.guru, we’ve compiled some data on the effects of lack of sleep to extreme levels, in case you want to try it.
6 hours later, after a whole night without sleep
When you are required to control the stress after a night of insomnia, your body begins to produce an excessive amount of the hormone cortisol. The excess of it makes us more irritable and anxious, which generates tension and confusion.
12 hours after
Your brain begins to turn off mental functions is not essential, as the reaction time and decision making. You’re starting to feel down in the dumps, but even so, you can continue doing your daily tasks.
24 hours after
The paradox starts with the fact that, instead of feeling tired, you have a sudden burst of energy and you can feel even more productive than normal. All your senses are heightened, and the world and the people around you seem quite pleasant. This is because your brain is trying to compensate for lack of sleep by increasing the levels of dopamine. These are all good news for now, because if you stay without sleep beyond this time, you will begin to face consequences that will not be so encouraging.
36 hours later
Your memory starts to weaken and your capacity of reaction decreases as your brain continues to save energy for work. If you get to stay another night without sleep, things start to go very wrong from this point. Your body will begin to shut down certain physical functions, such as the immune system, lowering your metabolism, which leads to fatigue much more heavy.
48 hours after
Things become much more frightening at this point, and maybe you start to hallucinate. The lack of chemical and vital nutrients triggers reactions in the brain over-stimulated, causing delirium. You can see and hear things that are not really real, like whispers, strange sounds and visions. You can also begin to lose track of time and forget about things as basic as your name or how to eat.
3-11 days after
Almost nobody in their right mind has been able to cross the stripe to stay awake beyond 11 days. The only official record belongs to Randy Gardner, a 17-year old student from San Diego who did an experiment for a science project in 1964. Managed to stay awake for 264 hours, which is equivalent to exactly 11 days.
Does this mean that our brain still has the potential to exceed this limit of 11 days awake without serious damage? Perhaps, but under what price? The next time, think twice and choose to lie down to sleep, don’t turn yourself into a zombie!
How did it keep you awake for a long period of time? How did you do it? Share your experiences with us in the comments.
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