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Who is that guy who got the sleeping part of his brain blown out?

Asked by nighttripper (162points) May 16th, 2008

All I know is that he got the part of his brain that makes him sleep blown out (I think in World War II. I can’t find any other information on him.

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Randy's avatar

So what are you saying, this guy never sleeps? Sounds like a load of crap to me. Where exactly did you find the information you do have?

DeezerQueue's avatar

Don’t know the name, but Randy, it’s not entirely a load of crap. This resource is very reliable about brain injury and insomnia.

SuperMouse's avatar

Once upon a time there was a show called Vital Signs hosted by Robert Urich that told stories of odd medical conditions. The show featured the story of a guy who couldn’t sleep. They tried all kinds of treatments and nothing worked, he even built up an immunity to sleeping pills. Anyway, the guy suffered from all these horrible symptoms and finally ended up dying from lack of sleep. Yikes!

Wine3213's avatar

There is also a hereditary condition that was reported on 20/20 that had people that couldn’t sleep. Most of them went crazy, or just died from sleep deprivation.

Wine3213's avatar

David Blaine’s next stunt has something to do with sleep deprivation.

gorillapaws's avatar

I thought you can’t die from lack of sleep. Isn’t that just a myth? Also, I knew a girl in college who would only get a few hours a night and was otherwise totally normal. She wasn’t tired all day or anything. Personally, I thought she was pretty damn lucky—imagine how much more productive we would be if we only needed 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night to feel totally rested the next day.

scamp's avatar

I found the following about the effects of sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation can have serious effects on your health in the form of physical and mental impairments. Inadequate rest impairs our ability to think, to handle stress, to maintain a healthy immune system and to moderate our emotions. In fact, sleep is so important to our overall health that total sleep deprivation has been proven to be fatal: lab rats denied the chance to rest die within two to three weeks

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