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    Man hasn't slept in 33 years

    I can't imagine not ever sleeping--I look forward to my snooze time!

    Vietnam man handles three decades without sleep

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    As songbirds awaken the early risers at dawn on the farm, one resident is already up; in fact, he never slept not once in the past 33 years.

    Sixty-four-year-old Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep at night after getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep during more than 11,700 consecutive sleepless nights.

    http://www.thanhniennews.com/feature...0&newsid=12673

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    Not only can i not imagine not sleeping, i'm afraid i simply do not believe this story.

    in fact, i'm willing to stick my neck out and say it is entirely and unreservedly impossible for a human being or an animal to not sleep for 33 years.

    i would like to suggest he takes some kind of 'cap naps', perhaps not even closing his eyes during these naps.

    otherwise, i'm stumped.

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    There is no way, no way in heck that I am going to "believe" this story.

    It is "medically" impossible.........

    Rats will die after 14 days with no sleep, but in the autopsy, they cannot find a cause of death.

    The "human" record is 11 days without sleep and that was by a college student in a controlled environment.

    Sleep is natural and necessary.....as a restorative function and an adaptive fuction.

    So I find this story highly suspect......

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    I have the worst insomnia I've ever heard about and even I sleep about 3-4 hours a night.

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    This story is definately not true. A human will die without sleep.


    A real story of someone dying (recently):
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...nt_3714003.htm

    Biological problems with lack of sleep:
    http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neur...b3/Ledoux.html

    Disease that causes lack of sleep leads to death:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_familial_insomnia
    http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec06/ch090/ch090c.html
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6822468?GT1=6190

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    Jeana,
    Have you ever tried Lunesta? Miracle drug if you ask me! Of course not everyone benefits the same but if you have not tried it, it might be worth a shot.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP)
    I have the worst insomnia I've ever heard about and even I sleep about 3-4 hours a night.
    Retired 08/03/03

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow205
    Jeana,
    Have you ever tried Lunesta? Miracle drug if you ask me! Of course not everyone benefits the same but if you have not tried it, it might be worth a shot.

    I didn't have any luck with that. I take Ambien, which is the only reason I even sleep the few hours that I do.

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    I don't sleep well either and take Ambien. It worked great at first but I think my body has adjusted or something. I fall asleep but wake up and can't go back to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP)
    I didn't have any luck with that. I take Ambien, which is the only reason I even sleep the few hours that I do.
    Try Ambien CR (controlled release.) That will keep you asleep longer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    Try Ambien CR (controlled release.) That will keep you asleep longer.
    Funny you should mention that! I got my prescription for that on Jan. 31st and I just went to my doctor to get 10 days worth of the regular Ambien because it didn't work. They said when I get my refill I can ask for the regular Ambien again, but I NEED to get some sleep. That stuff didn't even make me tired at all. I think I need all the medication up front!


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    I have been doing more than his share of sleeping for him!

    I find it hard to believe, too. I wish I could get up earlier in the morning and not be so tired all the time. If it is true - which again I doubt - then I want to know his secret. I don't want to NOT sleep, just sleep less and have more energy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP)
    Funny you should mention that! I got my prescription for that on Jan. 31st and I just went to my doctor to get 10 days worth of the regular Ambien because it didn't work. They said when I get my refill I can ask for the regular Ambien again, but I NEED to get some sleep. That stuff didn't even make me tired at all. I think I need all the medication up front!
    Native Americans used to drink their own urine when they couldn't sleep due to the melatonin content. Just a thought.


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    10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord. (KJV)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    Native Americans used to drink their own urine when they couldn't sleep due to the melatonin content. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    Native Americans used to drink their own urine when they couldn't sleep due to the melatonin content. Just a thought.

    Wow! Really? Let's see . . . nahhhhhhhh. I think I'll just stick to the Ambien.

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    Yeah, no kidding, if I had the choice I would stick to RX's too.

    I usually have the opposite problem, I get up pretty early and my mid afternon sometimes I feel I need a nap or a gallon of coffee.

    But in the evening, I have a hard time staying awake just to get the things that are needed done.

    I am a very, very, grumpy Cyberlaw when I am sleep deprived.........

    I wish I could help those who suffer from Insomnia....really I do...

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