Teenager Stays Awake For 11 Days As Part Of An Experiment And Becomes A National Sensation
A teenage boy became an overnight sensation because he did not sleep for 11 days. Randy Gardner, a 17-year-old young man decided on his experiment for the science fair and went for a stimulant-free, sleepless study.
He also convinced two friends from Point Loma High School, Bruce McAllister and Joe Marciano, and also, Dr. William Dement, a sleep researcher. The experiment done to find out how long people can go without sleep was a success.
He did not sleep for 264.4 hours; 11 days and 25 minutes. Meanwhile, he also became a national sensation. While his sense of smell heightened, Gardner couldn’t repeat tongue-twisters and identify objects by touch.
Gardner started to hallucinate on fifth day and on 11th day he experienced short-term memory loss. However, his physical prowess seemed to have improved. On the tenth day, he actually beat Dement at pinball.
He told on his final day: “I wanted to prove that bad things didn’t happen if you went without sleep. I thought, ‘I can’t break that record and I don’t think it would be a negative experience.”
Sixty years after his famous experiment and his entry into Guinness Book of World Records, Gardner regrets his teenage act. According to a report, though Gardner didn’t experience any negative effect right away, he suffered from recurring insomnia years later, before finally settling into a habit that allows him at most, six hours of sleep at night, effectively ending any potentially fatal bid for World Records on longest sleepless period.
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