sleep deprivation

might actually kill you.

Somewhere in my reading list is a book titled why we sleep. I think i have forgotten what was the premise of the book. (Note to self: Finish reading the damn book).

A study from 1894 showed

She and her lab assistants had kept the dogs awake and in constant motion 24 hours a day; within about five days, all the puppies had died. Sleep deprivation seemed to kill puppies much more quickly than starvation, she reported: โ€œThe total absence of sleep is more fatal for the animals than the total absence of food.โ€

and I hope no one has dared repeat this experiment to confirm if it is true. I am usually in a bad shape if I don’t get enough sleep in the night. In five days i think I would be suicidal and beyond that I may just go bananas or kukus.

If you are not getting enough of it, find a way to improve your sleeping.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

18 thoughts on “sleep deprivation

  1. judyt54 says:

    I had to train myself to turn off the hamster wheel that spins all night, giving me lots to think about, including why can’t I sleep???
    So one night, dammit, I mentally just reached up and turned it off. focused on that dark patch in the forest, and began to visulaize a huge ancient black oak door. lots of locks, no keys.
    Inside that door were all the frets and worries and agonies.

    And i walked away from it. That’s where the agonies stay at night.

    It isn’t easy, but if you can train yourself to have a secure place to store stuff overnight, it works. And try to take two or three long slow breaths in the most comfortable position you can find, and then relax down into the mattress. it relaxes everything.

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  2. Nan says:

    I know it will sound “silly” (like counting sheep), but counting backwards from 100 has helped me. Sometimes I will drift off at around 80 and then wake up … only to start at 100 once more. It usually only takes a couple of tries and I’m under.

    And yes, the deep breathing helps too!


    • makagutu says:

      Generally I sleep easily. I go to bed and minutes later I am in the land of the half dead. Then I sleep soundly until i wake up in the morning.
      I should try this the next time I can’t sleep

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  3. I have chronic sleep problems. Really sucks.


  4. I also have chronic sleep issues, & have done, & am still doing everything I can to help myself. I am a lifelong night person as well, so normal sleep for me used to be from about 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. After fibromyalgia started, & then cancer treatments, I am totally sleep deprived with 4 hours, tops, but usually less. I hate it!

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  5. john zande says:

    What a fucking horrible experiment! I thought we stopped doing this shit to animals after Skinner?

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  6. keithnoback says:

    There is a rare, hereditary insomnia syndrome. It is fatal.
    Of course, chicken v. egg.


  7. basenjibrian says:

    This may be TMI, but one problem I have is a love of excessively long cycling trips. And it is hard to stay hydrated enough in a California summer, especially with drying winds (like today). SO I tend to slam a ton of water in the evening. I am a late middle aged male…so you can guess what that leads to. 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. wake ups for call of nature. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    • makagutu says:

      I try to drink water during the ride so that after I don’t have to drink too much. And I, too, love long rides


      • basenjibrian says:

        I need to buy one of those “Camelback” water pouch backpacks. The ride yesterday was VERY rural, so there were not enough opportunities to refill my bottles! And that wind somehow was more drying than usual. Today was easier because it was a combination of State Park and suburbia, so more chances to fill the bottles. Plus, it was ten degrees cooler!


        • makagutu says:

          A camelback is good. I think mine has a 3l capacity and I end up buying 2 more litres depending on how far I go and how hot.
          Riding on a cool day is great.


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