What's the longest you went without SLEEP?

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I once ran out of my meds and had to wait for my overseas shipment I didn't sleep for 5 straight days omg I snapped at any and everybody. Lost my job and now I need to find a new overseas pharm cause the one I used to use is gone. I can't pay $10 a pill just to get sleep. And of course I cant afford a doctor like Micheal Jackson did and of course I dont wanna have to die just cause I cant sleep but I do think my days are numbered if this continues and by no way do I wanna take my own life.
 

LeeAnn

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I stayed up for five days during finals week in my junior year in college. I had had a blast partying all quarter and had to learn the stuff fast. This was an eon ago before the feds got involved with diet pills or any pills that might be in gradma's medicine cabinet. My roommate who was a bit plump had the mother from hell and she also had a cousin who was a full fledged pharmacist who at the encouragement of the mother continued to send my roommate hundreds of Preludin, the best damn speed (diet pill) ever made, except maybe black beauties. Back to the topic, after 5 days awake I was sitting in the bathroom just waiting for something to happen when I watched a washcloth starte to wiggle its way up the wall. When I lost interest in that, I became interested in the battle which was occurring between a brown roach and a reddish roach in the corner. I was lucky because I did get straight A's (which I really needed that quarter) which got me into graduate school. But I was also unlucky because when the finals were finished, we jumped in the car and headed for Florida. 20 hours when we got there I had a fever of 104.5 and had to be hospitalized with pneumonia, and a variety of others stuff and ended being vaguely conscious and being flown home. Oh and a steady flow of thick greenish yellow snot running contantly out of my nose.

My roommate never forgave me for leaving her stuck in Florida although I am sure she had a better time than me. And yes I learned a valuable lesson. Your body really is a temple and needs to be taken care of.

On to graduate school where as an aside to my major in learning and perception I did independent studies on Sleep.
You need to do some research about the kind of insomnia you experience. WEBMD is loaded with information. If you think it is shortening your life, then that also means getting help from a sleep study specialist My son for suffered for years with sleep difficulties and was finally (albeit at a fairly young age) diagnosed with sleep apnea and with the right equipment, now sleeps like baby although he sure did not sleep much as a baby..

Being dependent on a pill for something as important as sleep is no way to live. There are practical things you can do to help. I have trouble sometimes sleeping and I listen to a specific mp3 on my phone that helps me. It might help you or you might need a different one. I listen to one called "Following the Breath" . There are many, many different ones in all flavors out there .

The worst thing one can do with insomnia is worry about going to sleep. Counting sheep seldom works
 
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Gullible

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Do a search for sleep remedies, there are many things, too many to go into here but the info is out there, herbs even that will put you to sleep and are cheap. Look around
 
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I have been to 2 sleep studies as well as a therapist and I now know I have PSTD so there is nothing for me to do except take a pill every night. though I am trying heemp seeds. Since I cant get CBD TABS.
 

kitty4

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wow-----that brings back some memories----as i am not sure exactly how many days and nights i want without sleep during one period ,i cold turkeyed off pain meds and was in a rehab for i think about 3 weeks and i know i did not sleep an hour. I was amazed and fearful what was going on. This rehab at the time help me with support from others as i was in an hypnotized state of mind and very paranoid----the rehab itself let me take some "benadryl" after much begging-but that did nothing-.
what helped was when i got out of there i was sent to a rehab hospital and given trazadone and i finally got a few hours in.

also one time i took ambien for about a month as it worked great for 4 hours but when i had none but sleep problem just worsened for about 5 days then i slowly started to sleep a few hours without meds.
 

Nmosnf

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I have been to 2 sleep studies as well as a therapist and I now know I have PSTD so there is nothing for me to do except take a pill every night. though I am trying heemp seeds. Since I cant get CBD TABS.
What we're the sleep studies like? I have met with one doctor in the past for a questionnaire before a sleep study but never went all the way through with it. I have gone a few days without sleep but never 5. Around 72 hours is the most I can remember being awake. Some of that had to do with purposely staying awake for school/work when it comes to caffeine. My main issue is getting to sleep.
 

Lizdawn

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The not being able to sleep is the hardest part of withdrawal. When I don’t have my meds I can’t sleep for first 2 days at all & then when I do finally fall sleep it’s not even like real sleep. I’ll kinda doze off but keep waking suddenly like startled. It’s horrible. Then u are miserable the entire next day & feel so nervous & disoriented like nothing’s real. Freaky stuff! Lunesta was the only sleeping pill that worked. Even then it only put me out a couple hours :(
 

Seychelle

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The not being able to sleep is the hardest part of withdrawal. When I don’t have my meds I can’t sleep for first 2 days at all & then when I do finally fall sleep it’s not even like real sleep. I’ll kinda doze off but keep waking suddenly like startled. It’s horrible. Then u are miserable the entire next day & feel so nervous & disoriented like nothing’s real. Freaky stuff! Lunesta was the only sleeping pill that worked. Even then it only put me out a couple hours :(
Hi @Lizdawn,
I can offer you an explanation if you like.
Just saying,
 

Zinnia63

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I’ve only managed to sleep 2-3 hours a night for the past week due to running out of my trans during this COVID-19 era! With luck a package will arrive soon. I’m so tired but can’t sleep due to severe restless leg syndrome that I’ve had for 24 years.
This is bull crap ??
Z
 

creewillow

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My sleep schedule is the one thing I still haven’t been able to tackle in a post-trams lifestyle. Insomnia runs in the women in my family, so genetics might be playing a role. Still, it would be nice to get more than three hours of sleep on the regular. I do have the occasional night where that happens, but more often than not, three is the maximum amount at one go. It’s so frustrating!
 

Doc Rogue

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My sleep schedule is the one thing I still haven’t been able to tackle in a post-trams lifestyle. Insomnia runs in the women in my family, so genetics might be playing a role. Still, it would be nice to get more than three hours of sleep on the regular. I do have the occasional night where that happens, but more often than not, three is the maximum amount at one go. It’s so frustrating!
Congrats on quitting the tram. How long ago did you quit, that it’s still causing sleep issues?
It’s too bad that you are having to fight the insomnia after stopping, I’m sure that makes it even more difficult for some to stick with the program.
But good for you and I hope you have a good support system surrounding you that helps you to stay strong.
 

macy539

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When I was in the hospital getting my gall bladder removed I didn't sleep for two days. There's so much noise and activity that sleeping is very tough.
 

liltiki2

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Google Peter Tripp. It's where the term, 'tripping' or 'Trip' as in LSD comes from. He was a radio jock who tried to see how long he could stay awake in a phone booth in NYC late 50s I think. Crazy story. My doc knew the story, and I got sleep meds from him for knowing the story, too. (a long time ago).
 

seashells

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I set up 28 days and nights...i may have took a 5 or ten min nap here and there. The reason? Cold turkey off that dam "Done", I've never experienced a withdrawal like it. I would think subs. are close. It almost killed me, I pray I never have to do that again. Not like that.
 

jc776

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I set up 28 days and nights...i may have took a 5 or ten min nap here and there. The reason? Cold turkey off that dam "Done", I've never experienced a withdrawal like it. I would think subs. are close. It almost killed me, I pray I never have to do that again. Not like that.
28 days and nights, WOW
I remember on a now defunct benzo forum, a poster was awake for 9 days and someone offline I know had some kind of mental breakdown or psychosis type thing and was awake for 10 days, and in their words "had to be PUT to sleep" 28 days though, that must be some kind of record.
 

Seychelle

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Google Peter Tripp. It's where the term, 'tripping' or 'Trip' as in LSD comes from. He was a radio jock who tried to see how long he could stay awake in a phone booth in NYC late 50s I think. Crazy story. My doc knew the story, and I got sleep meds from him for knowing the story, too. (a long time ago).
Engaging segment; good read


IME; the 3rd night is a significant indicator.
Fourth night is a horror story. Hyper senses. Surround yourself with familial.

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superman11

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I wouldnt recommend it if you can avoid of course. I went 36 hours as my record. I will say that even after extreme deprivation the scientific consensus seems to be that a good 10-12 hour binge sleep rights the ship and brings most back to a normal level of health and sanity. Sleep hygeine is very important which is why I go for 4mg precription compounded Melatonin, slow release. natural, non addictive and effective.
 

Cassius Star

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The longest I ever went without sleep, was probably around 3 days or so. It likely had to do with a new video game that came out. I did a lot of all-nighters playing games in the past.
 
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