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Can You Die From A Lack Of Sleep?

Here on DNews, we’ve talked about the importance of sleep many times. Is it possible to die from a lack of it? Trace takes a look at what happens when you fail to sleep for days.

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Can You Die From Lack of Sleep?

“CIA interrogators at Guantanamo Bay subjected dozens of detainees to sleep deprivation, shackling the prisoners in a standing position for up to 11 days at a time.”

Limits Of The Human Body: How Much Sleep Deprivation, Radiation, & Acceleration Can We Survive?

“One hears epic accounts of people surviving bullets to the brain, 10-story freefalls or months stranded at sea.”

Man Dies After Going 11 Days Without Sleep: What Are The Health Risks Of Sleep Deprivation?

“Going 11 days without sleep likely cost a Chinese man his life earlier this week, as he attempted to watch every game in the European Championship, TIME reported.”

How long can humans stay awake?

“The easy experimental answer to this question is 264 hours (about 11 days).”

Can Insomnia Be Fatal?

“If you are familiar with the hit TV show ‘House, M.D.’ you will recognize that in the dialogue above I borrowed heavily from an episode about a patient with potentially fatal insomnia.”

The Story of the Family that Couldn’t Sleep

“Science writer D.T. Max talks about a family that suffered from a disease called fatal familial insomnia.”

International Classification of Sleep Disorders



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