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You’d think going without sleep for that long may have its drawbacks, but not for the man in central Quang Nam province who has never been ill after decades of insomnia.
His inability to sleep has not only made him famous, but also represents a “miraculous” phenomenon worthy of scientific study.
Sixty-four-year-old Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep at night after getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep during more than 11,700 consecutive sleepless nights.
“I don’t know whether the insomnia has impacted my health or not. But I’m still healthy and can farm normally like others,” Ngoc said.
Man goes 33 years without sleep
Reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from California examined the case of a 44-year-old man who died of insomnia.
He gradually developed sleeping problems, and after six months had trouble walking. His eyes watered and sleeping pills were of little use.
Within a year he was confined to a wheelchair and his memory had deteriorated. He had problems telling the difference between dreams and reality.
After 16 months, hounded by delusions and hallucinations, he died of pneumonia.
Originally posted by John bull 1
This is rubbish!
Sorry but I'll try and find links to back this up.
I remember watching a TV program about sleep deprivation.
It followed the experiences of a man (lecturer) in the USA who had a very rare genetic disease. At a certain age he was physically unable to sleep.
I think he went 6 months without sleep before he died. Sleep is as important as food, oxygen, and water. He was a physical wreck by the time he died.
Living 33 years without sleep is like those who say you don't have to eat, you can live on air.