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How Much Time Can We Stay Awake? (Part Two)

Previously we began to discuss the influences of sleep deprivation and how it can have lasting consequences on the body. In this article, we will continue that discussion by going over some of the people who have pushed the boundaries and find out how much time humans can stay awake.


The Guinness World Record was first recorded in 1959 by Tom Rounds. Round’s underwent an experiment conducted by Stanford University’s sleep research laboratory where he was monitored by researchers to study the effect of prolonged sleeplessness. Tom was 29 at the time, and as part of the experiment stayed awake for 260 hours or approximately 11 days. During his time awake he experiences hallucinations and intense mood swings.



Just seven years later, this record would be beaten and hasn't been touched since. In San Diego, 1964, Randy Gardner volunteered to stay awake under the eyes of researchers. At the age of 17 in this study, Randy stayed awake for 264.4 hours, or a few hours more than Round’s record before him. It is important to note that these were controlled experiments and even then there were consequences for going this long without rest!


We hope you found this second part on how long we can stay awake and the detriments of a lack of sleep to be insightful and interesting! At Fox Mattress, we craft all our mattresses right here in the USA, so you know you have a premium mattress to sleep on. Give us a call or visit our Holly Hills location to learn more about our premium offerings today!

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