posted on Oct, 12 2008 @ 01:32 AM
I think netstorm is about right. In Special Forces and in the Rangers, they subjected us to long periods of sleep deprivation. In Viet Nam,
unfortunately, I was on occasion likewise sleep deprived, and not of my own choosing.
Within 72 hours, you start to hallucinate some of the most realistic, unbelievable things you can imagine. The first few times, it scares the living
**it out of you! But oddly, after a while when one of these hallucinations begins, you tell yourself, "Oh crap! It's not real! I'm hallucinating
again!" You'll blink a few times, slap yourself when circumstances permit, shake your head, and slowly open your eyes to see if "it" is gone!
You also have another mechanism built in. When you have a serious sleep deprivation, and yet you can't stop what it is you're doing, you'll
actually "sleep" standing up. Even stranger, you will be in one place one moment, and you'll "awaken" to find yourself 20-30 minutes along the
trail or road, steady marching, and not remember how you got there.
You can only go so far, and one way or the other, the mind is going to shut down. Even if it's just for a few minutes. Even if you are steadily
walking, patrolling, or performing a task.