Sleep and World Records

As we all know by now, sleep is essential to our species. We should be sleeping for 7 to 9 hours a night, no matter the excuse. Yet, because of our schedules and hectic lives, sometimes we do not reach that.

Sleep deprivation is a very serious issue for sleep lovers like us.

So… what’s this got to do with world records?

Well,  in 1959, a very normal man named Peter Tripp wanted to break the Guinness World Record for sleep deprivation. He managed to stay awake for 201 hours (~ 18 days) for charity.

Crazy right?

After he broke the record, he slept for 22 hours! When he woke up he seemed normal. However, it wasn’t until later on that he began to grow crazy. He became agitated and flared up much more after the experiment. Tripp suffered a mental breakdown after this and eventually he lost his job and wife because his hallucinations were so serious.

After his experiment, people went on to break his record, however, because of how damaging this is to participants, the Guinness World Records eventually stopped this because of how bad the damage was.

Regardless of how cool it looks to break a world record, be mindful of the effects — especially when it pertains to sleep!

– Alexandria B.


2 thoughts on “Sleep and World Records

  1. Oh my goodness that sounds horrible for both Mr. Tripp and his family members. Interesting how the side effects were revealed consecutively throughout the next couple weeks. Glad Guinness put a stop to this particular record breaking.


  2. My ability to function normally is greatly affected with even just one night without sleep. I can’t imagine how debilitating it would be to stay awake for more than 48, let alone 18 days !


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