posted on Apr, 5 2006 @ 05:28 AM
The longest I have gone without sleep is 4 days (well, 3 and a half). By that point, amongst other things, I saw a pair of legs without an upper body.
It's not good, and it's definately not something to try doing. It can seriously unbalance your mind, and it will also affect your physical health.
Like someone else said, your body needs rest to get it's stuff together.
On the other hand, quite often I have found that I am at my most alert, intelligent and "spongey for information" (soaking it up
) aorund 2 hours
or so after the 24hr mark. That lasts for around 3 or 4 hours and then the exhaustion sets back in. I think at that point staying awake any longer is
harmful, but the occasional "28 hours awake" does wonders for *me*.
Your body and mind know when it's time to rest, thats why we get tired (I presume :lol
. Realisticly, staying up any amount of time past the point
where you feel "exhausted" is probably going to do you harm.
P.S. Insomniacs, or anyone really, should NEVER drive without proper sleep. Driving while tired, or with a lack of sleep, can be as dangerous as
"having a few pints" before going out for a spin. You wouldn't drink and drive, so don't starve yourself of sleep and drive