Exercise will also help you sleep better at night. I haven't slept in about 48 hours. 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 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. Science says this is actually a good thing to do occasionally. At this point the muscle fatigue is really bad to the point that even sitting up is just... heavy. Lots of coffee, loud music, brisk walks, and utter desperation. You probably will lose some mental and physiological defense systems. 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. After the first night, I couldn’t sleep. I like the answers you received and just have one question. I'm not really anxious or stressed. For the first 17-18 hours, you don't really feel much except a little routine tiredness. Some people said I looked like death others just did a double take stare like they saw a zombie. Scott Kelley, a 10-year Army veteran, knows about sleep deprivation. I feel your pain..! I remember one time I had to take steroids for a week. … after a few years you graduate with a degree in medicine. I slept but only about 15-20 minutes a day of real sleep. I'm tired, but I just cannot get to sleep. No big deal. I once stayed up for four days in grad school to finish some projects. And those changes should help you survive the day. If you have been able to sleep well before, the first thing to do is to figure out what may recently have changed. Also you will be hungry. I tried switching on the TV, hoping I'd get sleepy and just doze off. TLDR: Not a whole heck of a lot that you can tell. It got harder and harder to stay awake, By day three I started hallucinating. 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. Lasted about 3-4 weeks. My body is ready for bed, but my brain is not. So I actually have recent experience with this. I've layed in bed for hours. Does your doctor have you on any type of steroid medication? I don't know what to do. With multiple deployments under his belt, Kelley has had many instances of … Is this still a problem ?! It feels normal, then gets bad, then normal again like nothing happened and in the end it's heavenly, let me walk you through it. Don’t binge eat after. sleep effects the chemistry of the body so a dramatic shift in sleep pattern will produce the effect you describe. I have been taking Melatonin or Lorazepam and neither seems to work for me. This may give you a clue as to the reason for your insomnia: * New supplements, medications, foods, beverages? I'm miserable. 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