The world record for staying awake is held by Randy Gardner who managed to stay awake for an astonishing 264.4 hours or 11 days and 24 minutes in 1964.
Sleep deprivation is a huge issue in the U.S. with an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffering from a chronic sleep disorder, according to the CDC. Every month 40 percent of adults report falling asleep during the day without meaning to at least once.
Sensors are being placed on Dan's head. What is going on in there?
EEG leads being placed to measure Dan's brain waves.
Dan will be without his two favorite things: sleep and coffee!
Dan is giving up coffee for his 40 hour no sleep experiment. Unfortunately for Dan it would mess with the results.
When will the micro-sleeps begin?
Dr Anderson is administering the MOCA or Montreal Cognitive Assessment
The test will measure how his cognitive abilities have been affected by no sleep. Feel free to play along with Dan during the memory portion of the test.
Dan's plan to stay awake: putting the murphy bed into the wall and playing video games, scrabble and charades!
No Dan's not asleep. He's been ordered to shut his eyes as doctors run more tests to look at his brain activity.
Just to reiterate, do NOT try this at home! Leave this to the professionals.
Dan insists it will "not be a problem at all" to stay awake for 40 hours.
Dr. Besser explains our big experiment with Dan. We'll see how acute sleeplessness affects a person in the short term.
Dan's sensors will find out if he falls into microsleep and track his eye movements to see how awake he is.
Sleep deficiency can have serious consequences. Nuclear reactor meltdowns, grounding of large ships, and aviation accidents have been associated with people who were chronically tired.
Sleep deficiency is associated with an increased risk of injury in adults, teens, and children. Drivers who are too sleepy have been known to cause serious and even deadly accidents. For seniors being too tired is associated with an increased risk for falls and broken bones.
Dan's already survived the first 3 hours of his no sleep experiment. Just another 37 more hours to go!
The first of the video diaries of my 40 hours awake has been posted. More to come!
Fun Fact: When you lack sleep, Leptin, an appetite regulating hormone, has decreasing levels in the body and therefore causes you to be more hungry.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported about 7–19 percent of adults in the United States did not get enough rest or sleep every day.
Nearly 40 percent of adults report falling asleep during the day without meaning to at least once a month. Also, an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans have chronic (ongoing) sleep disorders
Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors.
Sleep deficiency is linked to many chronic health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression.
Sleep deficiency also is associated with an increased risk of injury in adults, teens, and children. For example, driver sleepiness (not related to alcohol) is responsible for serious car crash injuries and death. In the elderly, sleep deficiency might be linked to an increased risk of falls and broken bones.
It's getting late! Here with a few factoids on sleep deprivation and health.
Sleep Deprivation Stats: The National Department of Transportation estimates drowsy driving to be responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the United States.
Guinness no longer accepts sleep deprivation records because it is not considered a safe record to break
World Record of Slumber Parties: The largest sleep over/pyjama party was achieved by 2,004 participants in an event organised by Girlguiding North West England in Cheshire, UK, on 27 September 2014.
Made it to midnight! 7 hours down...another 33 to go.
Fun Fact: Regular exercise improves sleep patterns, but exercising before bed may keep you awake.
Charades and pictionary: If you can't sleep and want to see what Dan was up to, check out #Danisawake on Twitter and follow us on our live stream!
Don't Forget: When you lack sleep, your appetite may increase.
Tips for the Sleepless: The key to beating insomnia is good sleep hygiene!
Tips for the Sleepless: Start winding down an hour before your bedtime. Dim the lights and stop using electronic devices including computers, tablets and cell phones.
Tips for the Sleepless: Try to wake up at the same time every day.
Tips for the Sleepless: Consider meditating or practicing progressive muscle relaxation if you have trouble falling asleep.
12 hours down. Just another 28 hours to go! #DanisAwake