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    Sleep Deprivation Experiment Results

    by , 06-23-2023 at 03:45 AM (334 Views)
    Nothing much happened, but I'll post the notable parts here Entries in quotes are things I actually wrote at the time, either in my DJ or my phone. (Rewrote most of the DJ logs because they're very messy.)

    (From 0-30 hours I was at my house, 30-55 hours I was at J & L's house, and 55-59 hours I was back home.)

    3:10 am (18 hours): Was paranoid that my brothers were awake, so I lay still for a while and entered a half-asleep state. Felt refreshed when I snapped out of it twenty minutes later.

    ??? (~19 hours): Was rubbing my ear and could've sworn I heard my mom yelling my name from downstairs. I was terrified she'd somehow heard me moving around or creaking the bed, but I didn't hear her coming up the stairs, so it must have been a hallucination/hypnagogia.

    5:23 am (20.5 hours): Fell into the same half-asleep state for the same amount of time, and again felt refreshed afterwards.

    6:30 am (21.5 hours): "Tired. Eyes keep unfocusing, can't read. Still feel gross. Closing eyes leads to instant hypnagogia, auditory and visual."

    6:45 am (22 hours): Decided to lay down until 7:00, accidentally fell asleep for 10 minutes and had this dream:

    I was in a house for a swim team meeting. Kept floating and a little girl was making her bear stuffed animal float as well. I jumped down from a ledge onto the bed she was on, then bounced to the floor.

    "Wow, did you purposely avoid my legs? 'Cause that was a close call!" she said. Her legs were curled into her chest underneath the blanket.

    "Yeah, I have lots of practice jumping on beds," I said, referring to my brother's.

    She pointed to my brother's friend Vinson and said he had a younger brother. I was shocked, and they were amused that I didn't know. She asked if I could go get him and with a sense of deja vu I agreed. I sensed that he had not come any of the other times I went to get him.

    Went into a hallway/basement area, was a bit worried because I knew I was sleep-deprived, and even if it was only for 24 hours exposing myself to creepy situations wasn't a good idea. But I ignored it and went on, calling for the brother, "Arglot." (Pronounced Arr-glow.) I heard Valerie [person from swim team] calling for him as well.

    Surprisingly, he appeared around the corner and said bluntly, "What do you want?"

    To diffuse his attitude, I said in a casual tone, "Your friend and brother… well, just your friend, really, is asking for you."

    "Okay, okay, well tell her…"

    Forgot what he said. We were going up the stairs and I saw Kira, was thinking about how Arglot looked like her brother Marcus and how I didn't know she and Marcus were related till recently.

    I really am clueless, I thought.



    7:50 pm (35 hours): J&L and I were watching a movie and I felt pretty horrible the whole time. Wasn't sure if I'd be able to make it through the night. The feeling cleared up after the movie ended.

    ??? (~41 hours): Briefly fell asleep for ten minutes. J was calling my name but I didn't respond, had to be slapped awake.

    3:04 am (42 hours): "Watching Inuyasha but very tired and keep drifting off, was shocked awake by hallucinating my brother's echoing scream/roar."

    3:16 am (42 hours): "Keep drifting off slightly and hearing songs before an Inuyasha character speaks loudly and snaps me out of it. Cannot focus on screen, eyes too blurry and unfocused. But I can keep track of the plot."

    4:27 am (43.5 hours): "Feels like I fell asleep, but it's just the plot of the anime feeling like a dream."

    5:40 (45 hours): J gave up. She was somehow able to stay awake just by lying on her back and daydreaming, though at one point she hallucinated me asking if she was up and mumbled "mmhm" to the air. I was very confused.

    9:37 am (45 hours): "...I accidentally fell asleep at 6:30-ish. The experiment is probably ruined but I'll just subtract three hours. Might've had a dream but not sure. Something interesting did happen, though:
    "I don't know if this was a dream or hallucination or what, but when I woke up my Chromebook was open in front of me with a bunch of text-to-speech voice options on the screen. They kept playing and it was difficult to move the cursor, but I managed to close the tab. Then I logged out, closed the Chromebook, and placed it on the desk.
    "I know the TTS tab was not real because I don't have anything like that on the Chromebook. But it actually is on the desk, which doesn't make sense because I didn't plan to go to sleep and must have fallen asleep with it open on the bed. Well, whatever...
    "My eyes are slightly bloodshot. Last night J said they looked purple, like a raccoon."

    1:39 pm (49 hours): "I'm not tired, but when I close my eyes I feel dizzy. A throbbing dizziness, similar to that boat-rocking feeling I used to get when I was younger."

    8:11 pm (56 hours): "Again, could've sworn I heard my mom calling for me, but it was very quiet and unclear."

    9:35 pm (57 hours): "Tired only in my eyes. When my mom asked me for help with something, I suddenly felt a strange, full-body fatigue."


    And that's it. The rest of the time I felt fine, sometimes a little tired. I also got a feeling similar to heartburn once in a while, and had a mild headache. Would've done another night if I could spend it at J&L's, but doing it in my shared room with only books and podcasts to keep me occupied (plus trying to stay quiet) is agonizingly boring.
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    Comments

    1. Harlequin's Avatar
      So you stayed awake for 60 hours straight?!
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    2. Meiseki's Avatar
      Well, I did fall asleep for three hours in between, but if you ignore that then yes It's hardest at night when lying down, I think if I were able to stay active and engaged it would be pretty easy to reach even 72 hours.
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    3. Harlequin's Avatar
      Well, I did fall asleep for three hours in between, but if you ignore that then yes It's hardest at night when lying down, I think if I were able to stay active and engaged it would be pretty easy to reach even 72 hours.
      Wow! What was the goal?

      I would never be able to survive. I did just a few overnight jobs, and missing only a few hours of sleep made me curl on the floor in a fetal position eventually, lol.
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    4. Meiseki's Avatar
      48+ hours, since I heard that's when the effects really start hitting you

      Oof, everyone's different I suppose!
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    5. Harlequin's Avatar
      48+ hours, since I heard that's when the effects really start hitting you

      Oof, everyone's different I suppose!
      What are the effects supposed to be?

      I remember reading parts of Faith No More's album Angel Dust were written in sleep deprivation experiments, or at least "Caffeine" was. I love that album but I'd be scared to be living inside it
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    6. Meiseki's Avatar
      Hallucinations, REM rebound, disorganized thinking, erratic behavior, stuff like that... I know it's not good to want but I've had some experiences with them before and it fascinates me.

      I'm not sure what the lyrics mean but it does sound pretty intense!
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