I've layed in bed for hours. Lasted about 3-4 weeks. I've tried laying down and going to sleep, but its like trying to go to bed when you're totally wide awake. It got harder and harder to stay awake, By day three I started hallucinating. I like the answers you received and just have one question. And those changes should help you survive the day. No big deal. I'm not really anxious or stressed. Also you will be hungry. With multiple deployments under his belt, Kelley has had many instances of … Scott Kelley, a 10-year Army veteran, knows about sleep deprivation. sleep effects the chemistry of the body so a dramatic shift in sleep pattern will produce the effect you describe. After the first night, I couldn’t sleep. Science says this is actually a good thing to do occasionally. This may give you a clue as to the reason for your insomnia: * New supplements, medications, foods, beverages? Been there myself many times... As for the 'dire consequences' of a lack of sleep, as a medical layman I say to you: don't worry about it excessively. I slept but only about 15-20 minutes a day of real sleep. I'm miserable. Don’t binge eat after. I feel your pain..! I don't know what to do. Lots of coffee, loud music, brisk walks, and utter desperation. If you have been able to sleep well before, the first thing to do is to figure out what may recently have changed. Exercise will also help you sleep better at night. Is this still a problem ?! X Research source With a little bit of preparation and a regular schedule, you'll be able to stay awake and push through to the end. I haven't slept in about 48 hours. I tried switching on the TV, hoping I'd get sleepy and just doze off. My body is ready for bed, but my brain is not. Some people said I looked like death others just did a double take stare like they saw a zombie. You probably will lose some mental and physiological defense systems. I have been taking Melatonin or Lorazepam and neither seems to work for me. I havent slept in 4-5 days, and by that I don't mean poor sleep, I mean I have NOT slept at all for 4 days. Does your doctor have you on any type of steroid medication? I remember one time I had to take steroids for a week. Seriously, though, welcome to the world of quite a few professions during their university years. So I actually have recent experience with this. At this point the muscle fatigue is really bad to the point that even sitting up is just... heavy. Although you should avoid going longer than 3-4 days without sleep, you can safely stay up for a few days as long as you plan to get full nights of sleep for 1-2 days afterwards. I once stayed up for four days in grad school to finish some projects. I'm tired, but I just cannot get to sleep. … after a few years you graduate with a degree in medicine. TLDR: Not a whole heck of a lot that you can tell. 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