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Oh Sleep, Where Art Thou? 01/25/2011

by Joe

So, our newborn baby needs to feed every 3 hours. That means, we have to be awake for about an hour every 3 hours, night or day. You would think that this would take its toll on my mind and body and I’m not going to lie to you, it definitely is taking its toll, but I also feel like it’s making me stronger and more productive.

As my body gets more and more accustomed to sleeping in shifts, I feel like I’m becoming less and less dependent on sleep, but more dependent on food. The less I sleep, the more I need to eat to make myself feel good. Makes sense, right? I also feel more alert, like after drinking a strong cup of coffee, so I’m able to focus on tasks more efficiently. Of course, this heightened alertness leads to me crashing, so the second my head hits a pillow, I’m out like a light (never understood that expression).

Makes me think about how we’ll have to sleep during the zombie apocalypse. I’m sure that there’ll be isolated groups of people out there that will be required to sleep in shifts, so that there’ll always be someone awake to guard the sleeping. I can now imagine how tough this will be, especially if food is scarce. Then again, the human body is capable of some amazing things :D

Have you ever had to sleep in shifts? What’s the longest you’ve stayed awake for and why? What did you do to cope with this lack of sleep? Let me know! :D

Enjoy Scene 21 – “I Am Stinger”!

Please continue to vote! We’re slipping in the rankings! Oh no! D: I’m sure we’ll start climbing up again, soon, thanks to all of you :D

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“Have you ever had to sleep in shifts? What’s the longest you’ve stayed awake for and why? What did you do to cope with this lack of sleep? Let me know! :D”

I know better than most about handling such matters, so I’ll offer some advice :) .

I’ve pulled double shifts several times at my work, and having lived with a 5 year period of a 7 day week work schedule of college and work. I would skip coffee completely and go for energy drinks. Some energy drinks taste like mule piss, like rockstar. If you like soda I would suggest starting with full throttle, I’m not sure but I think it’s “agave something” or just “Agave” the can should be blue. Try the “Berry”(red can) one next if you like it. If you like Full Throttle you’ll probably like Amp and maybe Nos. No Fear you may not like, but it’s kinda like Full Throttle “Original” but with ALOT more kick, both in caffeine and taste.

If you don’t like those go for rockstar. Terrible stuff.

Three things to look out for energy drinks. Or more likely just two for you.

1.Beware addiction. Energy drinks can be very addictive, treat it like tobacco or alcohol, expensive and addictive(buy bulk it’s cheaper). It’s ALMOST not worth it. This may not be problem if you’re not the addictive type, or your addiction may drop off randomly without needing to cut back or suffering the effects of withdrawal.This happened with me, I really can’t explain why. You’re a new parent so you’re in for a long haul, half a decade at least maybe more. So why the f**k not get addicted for a few years?

2. Ginseng. A load of crap, it’s not even a stimulant, drinks loaded this are firing blanks. Beware.

3. Crashing. This may beneficial for you actually. You get an hour of a boost then a crash, which makes it much easier to get back to sleep and stay asleep. Add more or less protein in your diet to lessen the crash or increase it. More protein = weaker crash.

ArkaniusXII on January 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

well i didnt sleep for 3 days because i was watching a marathon on tv. it was worth it.
the way i would see it is that the later you stay awake the more energy you have at night. but at day you completely lack energy to do things.i ounce accidently fell asleep in class because i stayed awake for too long. yeah thats what happens on mondays

mikelord356 on January 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm

“You dont need a suit to save people!”
It appears you’ve forgotten an apostrophe in the word “don’t”.

And, to answer your question, I’ve gone about a day and a half before. Afterward I fell asleep immediately and slept for a really long time. :P

TheEnigmaticMuffin on January 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

@ArkaniusXII – Thanks a lot for the advice! Have you ever tried 5-Hour Energy or other products like it?
@TheEnigmaticMuffin – Fixed! Thanks! Damn, all these typos! I’m off my typing and spell-checking game recently, eh?

Joe on January 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

@Joe – I’ve tried it, works better than energy drinks but I find the taste repulsive.

ArkaniusXII on January 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm

i think some people might vote more if you had new incentive art

tWiCHY on January 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I stayed awake for 4 days once. One of the most horrible experiences of my life. I had lots of coffee and monsters, and that, mixed with no sleep, caused hallucinations. It’s very unsettling to see cats out of the corner of your eye all the time. Or to see a pile of clothes roll like a wave. Why did I do this, you might ask? Just to see how long I could stay up.

Toaster O' Vengeance on January 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Out like a light, meaning you fall asleep completely and instantly, the way a candle or something is completely dark once it goes out

Grant on January 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Sleep is like, when your brain can backup its files and do system maintinence without distractions. I wonder how long you could possibly go before getting permanent brain damage?

Grant on January 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Neat.

MorganrBan on January 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

About a week or two, dew to stress or something. Didn’t cope too well x.x (falling asleep in lessons, unable to work, etc. )

As for the voting, I recon if you did a new picture every week or two, you’d get Way more votes. Maybe even just have a still picture from a few sence ahead, to taught people to follow :o But yer, I know a few other big names do that (I vote to look at the art :3 )

Squizzel on January 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm

@tWiCHY & Squizzel – Agreed. I really should do more incentive art. I wish there were two of me! :D
@Toaster O’ Vengeance – Yikes. That’s quite an experience! I once did the so-called “Master Cleanse” where I couldn’t eat solid food for 10 days. Why? Same reason. Just to see how long I could go :D
@Grant – Ah, when you put it that way, it makes perfect sense :D

Joe on January 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Possible plot twist: What if Andy knows more about computers than Bernie thinks? Maybe he corrupted Harry’s software and left it as a trap, hmm…? Afterall, he’s a mindreader that’s been living with Bernie and Jess for several years. Maybe he’s been able to learn something from their minds?

Chilingsworth on January 26, 2011 at 1:45 am

I’ve fortunately never had to sleep in shifts. As for staying awake… I think my “record” is 50 hours or so.

bobbaganoosh on January 26, 2011 at 2:04 am

it wasn’t Andy that destroyed Harry it twas Joe.
And on the sleep note since caffeine and energy drinks don’t affect me (I chugged a Nos and nothing) I can only go a day w/o sleep

sh4d0wfl4re on January 26, 2011 at 2:48 am

I’ve never tried to sleep in shifts but i have stay awake for 4/5 days before collapsing on the next day although I never have hallucination or such but i never did remember what I’ve done in those 4/5 days. I cope the lack of sleep with large doses of caffeine, creatine, capsaicin, i also stop sugar consumption.
As far as i know, some people have different effects to caffeine and such. (Caffeine have no effect to some of my friends.)
So you might want to experiment for a bit. Hope this helps.

Naughtius Maximus on January 26, 2011 at 3:21 am

I’m actually fine with caffeine not affecting me, but I did think myself unique in that regard. Haaa, there can be more than one.
Some of my friends did use my caffeine immunity as an experiment, but the strongest beverage I tried a whole can of was that large Nos. Haven’t tried any of those ‘no crash’ drinks though I’ve heard the taste is horrid, guess that’s the cost for the ‘energy’ in energy drinks

sh4d0wfl4re on January 26, 2011 at 4:11 am

@Chillingsworth- Andy couldn’t read or affect Bernie in any way, his psycological defenses are too strong… He mentioned this the “second” time Joe enters the “DreamZone”, during their first class, I believe…

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on January 26, 2011 at 4:39 am

i have never had to sleep in shifts (lucky me), the longest i have stayed awake was a week and a half (i was coding and got so absorbed in the code that i forgot to sleep, i ate a large amount of meat and fruit during that time), and finally: what i did to cope with the lack of sleep was distract myself (by coding)

lukesf on January 26, 2011 at 5:14 am

Me…. I never in my life slept more than 5 hours at a time…. i can handle 3 hours of sleep, and on rare occasion 1. every so often i find my self simply unable to sleep and find myself winding up and about for days at a time. longest has been 3 days (which, btw, 72 hours is about the time when psychosis starts to set in) and at that point sleep felt so foreign i only managed to sleep for 5 minutes before waking up shaking. good luck with the baby mate (oh and i did all that without carbonation/caffeine, just a note towards those who use energy drinks. those will knock you out when the crash comes)

Hikori on January 26, 2011 at 5:59 am

Personally, I can’t stand the energy drink taste, but I love 5-hour energy. Nice results, and why let the taste bother you? It’s a shot. It’s tiny. Two, maybe three gulps and it’s over.

Aside from that, how about NRG drinks that just don’t taste like NRG drinks? My personal favorite is Monster Java: NRG that tastes like coffee. There’s also Relentless that tastes like juice, and of course Amp.

Tenyo on January 26, 2011 at 7:34 am

@Joe, the fact you’re making Thepocalypse AND raising a newborn baby is quite the feat! You should be very proud of yourself!! You kick ass!

Timmy HarleQuin on January 26, 2011 at 9:06 am

“Have you ever had to sleep in shifts?”
No, but that’s likely to change, since I plan on enlisting in the USAF.

Also, you get two votes from me today, as you deserve far more than 300. I also vote regularly for another on that listing, so if you ever make it to the top 10 I might end up being forced to choose between you guys >.<

I figure I can pump out a vote a day minimum, two or three if I use my school/work computers. You need to start climbin' the ranks, I'll try and help out with that.

Aethrys on January 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Adversity breeds innovation, this is a chance for them to make a stronger, better, faster… and generally more badass Stinger.

that is, if they can’t get the original back… hell even if they do they could still upgrade it with a biometric identification system.

Brainfree on January 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Wow, compared to some of you, my 3-hour sleep shifts don’t sound so bad! Amazing what the human body can take :D

Thanks for all the tips and advice, everyone!

Joe on January 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm

So the sun is setting and Joe and the others are outside of the barrier of NH (in vampire territory!) How will they be able to take night sleep shifts their better all staying awake and keep walking. Vampires don’t go down easy and before you see them you’ll be dead. My best guess is to just keep going and kill Andy and that AceHole. I just hope Joe’s heart will be fine when he sees Rosa :(

Makenna Ray Parker on January 27, 2011 at 1:10 am

I seem to be a bit weird in that i can stay awake and alert for well over 24 hours at a time if i have to. I only show signs of tiredness at about 26 hours in and I seem the maximum time limit is around 33 hours… before crashing and staying unconscious for like… ten hours. Basically i can stay awake for literally days at a time with little to no ill effects. Its like my own personal super power… super Insomnia.

I imagine it would be an awesome thing to have in your situation, letting the missus get some sleep, taking care of the baby and working on… work stuff… without wearing yourself out.

Brainfree on January 27, 2011 at 2:43 am

i am so mad,
i hate paypal, they wont take my card.
joe need that taco.

oliver on January 27, 2011 at 4:02 am

Longest sleep deprivation? 78 hours. Reason? Mainly to check my capabilities at going without sleep. Third day without sleep is quite hard to stay awake. All you need to pull it off tho is some task you need to focus on, and that is not boring. Keeping yourself focused is the key to not sleeping. But, make sure failling at this task ain’t gonna effect in some disasterous events, well, because you cannot be sure how long will you stay conscious. Energy drinks ain’t more helpful than plain tea + sugar / lemon. Also, things will get easier after couple weeks, so you would be better off ENDURING everything with bare force of will.

Yan on January 27, 2011 at 4:43 am

the longest I’ve ever gone without sleep has been six days,
a friend and I made a bet to see who could stay awake longer, without use of caffeine pills, or coffee (that type of stuff) just staying focused on a task like a video game or a movie marathon helps out a lot, but you hit a point where your brain stops working and the shadows come off the wall and start playing with you. At that point we both gave in and called off the bet. But then I had the hardest time trying to go to sleep.

oliver on January 27, 2011 at 5:05 am

@Oliver wow bro that takes a while to achieve that it almost happened to me but then i went out cold. i was in my bed sleeping for half of the day

mikelord356 on January 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

All of your stories are making me wonder how long I can go without sleep. I’m imagining the amount of work I’d get done :)

@oliver – Thank you for trying! :D

Joe on January 27, 2011 at 9:21 am

My last post is a bit confused on my part… my fault for not reading the topic properly….

I was referring to an ability to stay awake for an extended period of constant heavy workout (like moving goddamn 75lb boxes of meat all frigging day… for example.)without the use of any stimulants… not just sitting on the couch seeing how long i can stay awake. I meant the amount of time I can go without being tired and groggy the next waking cycle. I can stay awake and active for up to 26 hours at a time without being groggy/sore/whatever the next morning up to around 33 hours in which i exhibit the classic sleep deprived symptoms the next day, groggy, grumpy, angry at being awake, difficulty focusing for hours after waking up.

Now as for staying awake to the point my brain forcibly shuts me down… i honestly can’t say its ever happened as like i said, i don’t do it just to test it, but there is never anything i need to do that takes more than 43 hours of constant activity to complete. ( taxes )=< )

Brainfree on January 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

about 79 hours is the longest ive gone without sleep, after 16 hours of staying up i felt sleepy but decided that minecraft was more important, around the 22 hour mark i really started to feel exhausted but then my friend logged into my server so i kept on minecraft, now 30 or so hours in i felt refreshed, i think its that whole inner clock thing telling my body its time to be active so i felt great like i had an excellent sleep, and i STILL was playing minecraft, now we go to 48 hours in and i feel like shit, but i organized a minecraft game 3 days ago already and had like 9 people including me in the server working on this insane project and didnt wanna bail, worked through the night and found myself drowsy as SHIT, everyone left but since the project, a super duper mega pyramid in the nether (used some mods to get to and from) was almost finished i powered through the next 4 hours and finished it, and that damn inner clock thing kicked in and i felt refreshed, but i knew that was a lie so i just played some TF2 until i crashed, but lo and behold that damn christmas event for killing floor just started that day and i wanted to get me a badass santa to play as so i ended up working on that until about the time i crashed, beat the patriarch, left the server, and i crashed, didnt have the time to even exit the game, good thing my bed is my chair for my computer.

Video games, they WILL kill you without proper mediation.

Liro Raeriyo on January 27, 2011 at 11:36 am