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    Tarzan writes: If you were to intentionally stay awake for as long as possible (like they had to do on "Invasion of the body snatchers"), pushing to stay awake with no drugs or stimulants of any kind other than coffee, at about the 3 - 4 day mark you are going to start hallucinating. You will begin to see little cartoon bugs bunny looking things dancing across your field of vision, your manual dexterity is impacted, your ability to focus. Lots of studies have been done on this. Some hold out longer than others, but eventually regardless of age, strength, or mental ability to deal with stress, people will begin to hallucinate (without having to take any hallucinogens) if you go without sleep for long enough (beginning at 3-4 days in).

    Moses writes: There was a year when I wanted to sleep but couldn't. I'd say, "man, this is a long day, I can't believe it's still Monday." My friend would say "actually, it's Thursday you've just been awake for 4 days." Living alone in a huge empty house was the most difficult year of my life. I could swear the damn thing was haunted. But it could've been hallucinations. But it scared the hell out of me...and my dogs. There was this cartoon looking thing wearing a sheet. It would run into the closet underneath the stairway when he thought I'd seen it. I'd go open the door and see an empty closet. Then voices from family members who'd recently passed would be calling for me from upstairs. I'd go up to see them but the stairway was blocked off and I couldn't get through. I'd wake up on the stairway thinking "how the hell did I get here"?

    Blackjack (counting) provided a calming effect for me. It was a way to focus on something other than the scratched record in my head. To this day, I will have nightmares and get up and go play. I even fell asleep once at the table in a casino. Sometimes it's hard for me to stay awake when I play. A reverse effect.
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    Tarzan writes: If you were to intentionally stay awake for as long as possible (like they had to do on "Invasion of the body snatchers"), pushing to stay awake with no drugs or stimulants of any kind other than coffee, at about the 3 - 4 day mark you are going to start hallucinating. You will begin to see little cartoon bugs bunny looking things dancing across your field of vision, your manual dexterity is impacted, your ability to focus. Lots of studies have been done on this. Some hold out longer than others, but eventually regardless of age, strength, or mental ability to deal with stress, people will begin to hallucinate (without having to take any hallucinogens) if you go without sleep for long enough (beginning at 3-4 days in).

    Moses writes: There was a year when I wanted to sleep but couldn't. I'd say, "man, this is a long day, I can't believe it's still Monday." My friend would say "actually, it's Thursday you've just been awake for 4 days." Living alone in a huge empty house was the most difficult year of my life. I could swear the damn thing was haunted. But it could've been hallucinations. But it scared the hell out of me...and my dogs. There was this cartoon looking thing wearing a sheet. It would run into the closet underneath the stairway when he thought I'd seen it. I'd go open the door and see an empty closet. Then voices from family members who'd recently passed would be calling for me from upstairs. I'd go up to see them but the stairway was blocked off and I couldn't get through. I'd wake up on the stairway thinking "how the hell did I get here"?

    Blackjack (counting) provided a calming effect for me. It was a way to focus on something other than the scratched record in my head. To this day, I will have nightmares and get up and go play. I even fell asleep once at the table in a casino. Sometimes it's hard for me to stay awake when I play. A reverse effect.

    Chronic sleep deprivation can cause serious long term health issues.

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