If I am asked what is that one thing that I could do endlessly? I would say sleep. Sleeping is an inseparable and essential part of my life and yours as well. According to the doctors and the WHO itself, sleeping for 6 to 8 hours is essential for a sound mind and a fit body. Now, what if you are asked to stay awake for not a day or a week but for a month? I can resonate with your thoughts on this, such a silly question I asked, how can a person not sleep for as long as a month? Well, what if I say that an experiment in Russia exactly did this to five of the prisoners. Scary! Want to know what exactly happened? Then scroll down to get all the deets.
When the 1940s was coming to an end, an experiment took place. An experiment that still makes us think what all humans can do to attain what they want. This experiment was being conducted by some Russian researchers and their subjects were 5 prisoners. During those days, experiments were conducted on the prisoners and this is what happened to them. These researchers had discovered a stimulant gas that was capable of keeping humans awake. The researchers believed that if this experiment becomes a success, humans would no longer have to succumb to the need of sleep and as a result of which they will become more productive.
Now, let's get back to these prisoners. They were told that if they go without sleeping for 30 days, they will be set free and all charges against them will be taken back. This urged the prisoners to nod to become the subjects of this experiment. Once they agreed to the conditions of the researchers, they were locked in an airtight chamber after being dosed with a stimulant gas. This experiment was all about knowing the effects of sleep deprivation. In order to keep a tab of their behavior, they were observed through two-way mirrors. Even conversations of these five prisoners were recorded through electronic monitoring.
Every human being requires at least 6-8 hours of sleep to stay fit and active. Sleeping less than that causes a lot of diseases and dealing with them is not at all easy.
Due to some reason or the other, even we suffer from insomnia for a few days and that does make us feel annoyed and weak, but is it possible for a human being to kill and eat another one if they are wide awake for a month? Can you become a man-eater if something of this sort happens to you? The answer to this will certainly be a ‘no'. So, did this experiment over-exaggerate or is it all a lie? Here is the answer.
While this story makes up for a really good Hollywood horror fiction, scientific studies and pieces of research don't back this story. According to them, it never took place and whatever is being said about it is nothing but just a "work of fiction". So, any scope of any such thing happening goes straight to the bin.
Now, you must be thinking can anybody really stay sane without sleeping? Well, they can, at least for some time. Here is that one person who did it.
As of now, this experiment is considered to be nothing but a hoax. There is no world record of any person who has not slept for such a long time, except just one person who made it till the 18th day.
England's Maureen Weston is the only one who holds the record till now for not sleeping for the most number of days. And, she didn't show any signs of being a cannibal or eating her own flesh.
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