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How long can you go without sleep?

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I haven't slept for 4 days and I'm wondering what would happen if I keep going on like this. I started taking sleeping pills yesterday but they don't seem to work. I'm kinda losing it and seeing and hearing things that aren't there probably because of tiredness and it's kinda why I can't sleep too now...

 

What would happen if I keep going on like this, I just can't switch off..

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You'll get sick. You can die from not sleeping, although not in 4 days (that is not a challenge). Just lie down with your eyes closed for a couple of hours at a time, if that is all you can do. And maybe you'll fall asleep, but even if not, you'll get some rest. I managed to fall asleep the 4th day, but I was hallucinating at that point.

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Laying down helps. It can take hours before you fall asleep but your body might eventually tire out and sleep. 

 

I have found that consuming large amounts of coffee leads to an inevitable crash and that'll speed up the process and I eventually fall asleep. 

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When is your next pdoc appointment? And if it isn't soon, by which I mean within a week, can you call and talk to him/her over the phone? Because not sleeping is very serious if you're bipolar. There is absolutely nothing that destabilizes me faster, and insomnia with bipolar can be very weird. I once went nine months without getting any meaningful sleep, and by the end of that period I was batshit insane, and it took several years to put my brain back together.

If you don't manage to get some sleep in the next 24-48 hours, I recommend going to the emerency room. Tell thm you're bipolar and haven't slept since...what, Tuesday?

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I agree with crtclms ... just lying down might be helpful.  Even if you don't fall asleep, rest is better than nothing.

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I might advise against caffeine. It normally helps me fall asleep but if I'm having trouble sleeping it might not. I'm not a doctor nor quailfied to give any advice, but that would be my suggestion. I'd head to the ER if you don't sleep soon.

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I went without sleep for around eleven days once, and have gone without sleep for a week or more several other times.  I haven't had hallucinations beyond, like, thinking I saw a spider run by, or thinking that there was something behind me in my peripheral vision.  I just felt incredibly bad, couldn't do much of anything (especially mentally), and experienced sudden aging (lines in skin, thinning of skin, fat loss, permanent worsening of the darkness and bags under my eyes).  I am not bipolar.

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You could try getting a ton of exercise... like hike/walk 10 miles or run as much as you can.  

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You can die from not sleeping. My previous psychiatrist (or someone? ) told me that if mania goes unchecked some people drop dead from exhaustion.

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I made it to a week and I was seeing lights on the outside edge of my vision but what was really not good was that I was being kept up by this one guy who I became crazy angry at.   I can totally see how you can die from it.  I can also see how bad guys use sleep deprivation as a torture.

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Seems all of us insomniacs would qualify going through Navy SEAL's hell week training. lol. Of course not by choice.

They train staying up for 5 days without sleep. 

 

I stayed up 70 hours max and went to urgent care. They gave me Zyprexa to knock me out but it doesn't work anymore.

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