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Have you ever literally fallen asleep before your head hit the pillow?

Asked by Dutchess_III (46938points) August 12th, 2015

I have, once. I was 17 and I had snuck out my bedroom window, after dark, one Friday night, to rendezvous with my boyfriend in the woods.
I snuck back in the window at about 4:45 a.m., and crawled into bed. I fell asleep quickly, exhausted, glad the next day was Saturday.
Next thing I know, Mom is shaking me awake It was almost 5:00 a.m. SAY WHAT??
Mom grew up on a farm, and she got this wild hare to give us spoiled, upper class girls a clue of what it was like to work as a farm hand.
She’d made plans with a local farmer to have us pick, as it turns out, beets, and throw them in the back of the truck he was slowly driving down the rows. Only thing was, she hadn’t said a word to us girls about it. Totally blind sided.
Of course, I was trapped. I couldn’t say a word to get myself out of that mess.
I picked and threw beets for about 10 hours, in the blazing hot sun.
Got home that evening, ate dinner, and went to bed. I laid down, and I literally fell asleep before my head hit the pillow. It was weird.
But, I was young then. I probably would have to go the the ER if I tried to pull off something like that today.

So, do you have a story of extreme exhaustion?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

Cool story! BRAVO

Dutchess_III's avatar

I never have been a wimp.

Zaku's avatar

Does it count to fall asleep sitting up? That’s happened to me several times, when sleepy and trying to read, listen to something (music, drama, movie), or drive (can be fatal – I’d been hiking for hours in the sun for two days, and had only had a few hours asleep in the car the night before – solved by finding a mocha milkshake – good for another 6 hours of driving).

When I was young, maybe 15–16, I stayed up all night at a party, came home and crashed, and slept for like 18 hours.

I remember being so tired from school at about 17 that I was doing homework in the living room, and then woke up having fallen asleep on the floor somehow.

As a teen I never did drugs nor got drunk but had a friend with whom we’d stay up late (or even for days…) by about 2am, many things seemed more funny.

Silence04's avatar

Moved across the country and drove a 20ft truck straight through the night becuase I was trying to make it in time for the movers I booked at my new place. Of course, once I arrived the movers canceled on me! I ended up unloading half of the truck myself just to get to my mattress.

Best sleep ever though…

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Zaku, No, doesn’t quite count. I’ve fallen asleep sitting up, even when I was fighting with everything I had to stay awake. I’ve fallen asleep while lying on the couch and watching TV. It’s not the quite the same thing as falling asleep while you’re in the process of actually laying down to sleep, and you fall asleep before you get there.

whitenoise's avatar

The twins were about four weeks old and my wife and I were both feeding one of the boys, each, at night. (She couldn’t breast feed.)

It had been a long day at the office in which I had to travel from one location to the other and then drive home in the evening. That drive home was terrible. Instead of one hour it had become three hours due to torrential rains and I was getting really tired.

Normally I would’ve stopped, but I was almost home. Well… I totaled my three weeks old car against a truck that stood still on the highway.

Until today, I can’t be sure whether I fell asleep or whether the rain had blocked the truck from sight. Most likely though, I woke up to the acid smell of exploded airbags.

So… does an airbag count?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh shit. Guess you better remember to feed both the boys next time!

Zaku's avatar

@Dutchess_III Ok. I’ve never done quite that. Good job (and good story)!

SmashTheState's avatar

I sometime go through bouts of insomnia, and I hadn’t slept in close to three days. A guy I knew was dying of cancer and he gave me a half of one of the pills he was taking for pain. I asked him if it was safe, and he said he took six of them a day, so it would be fine for me. I have no idea what it was, or what quantity it was.

I swallowed the pill and laid down in bed. I remember staring at the ceiling, eyes wide open and thinking, “This is fucking useless. This isn’t doing anything to me at all.” And then the Sun teleported in the sky outside my window.

I sat up and everything ached. I was lying in exactly the same position I’d laid down, and I still felt exhausted, but my mouth was completely dry and leathery, my eyes were crusted with goo, and checking the clock revealed I’d been asleep for 26 hours straight.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You’re lucky you’re alive.

ucme's avatar

No, no I haven’t

JLeslie's avatar

Many times.

One time I was driving home through mountainous Pennsylvania where the exists are about 40 miles apart. I was about 20 years old. I mention my age, because it’s an age where you typically think you can do anything, and nothing will go wrong. I started to feel sleepy and pulled to a wide shoulder on the highway (something that gave me pause, because I feel like I’m a sitting duck for a bad person). So, I pull over, and next thing I knew I was waking up. I didn’t remember turning off the car and sitting back to close my eyes. I had slept about an hour and a half, my typical nap amount. Thank goodness I had pulled over! That incident caused me to always try to not drive while tired. I was truly lucky to learn that lesson without a serious crash.

At night I often fall asleep very fast.

Pandora's avatar

On the couch most nights. LOL I will say to myself that I can finish a show and I just need to shut my eyes for a second and I will pass out sitting up. I do not know why I continue to lie to myself. :(

longgone's avatar

There was no pillow involved, but I think it counts:

Flying to Costa Rica from Germany, I stopped in New York. I was tired because,

1. I had been traveling for eight hours and
2. I had slept less than two hours the night before.

After doing a bit of running around, I found out I had missed my connecting flight due to a mix-up with daylight saving time. It was about seven p.m., and the next flight to Costa Rica wasn’t supposed to take off until seven a.m. the next morning.

So, accepting that this airport would be my home for the night, I started wandering around. It was quite surreal, and became more so the quieter it got. I busied myself reading, exploring the entire duty-free-area, eating dinner…I got really tired at about ten p.m., but was scared to fall asleep. I was nineteen, all my important documents were in my backpack, and I’m a very heavy sleeper.

At some point, I gave up and decided to sleep. This proved to be just as difficult as not sleeping: Every twenty minutes, I was reminded not to leave my baggage unattended. I was hot and uncomfortable. I was worried about missing another flight – and those airport cars were whizzing by constantly, with their drivers yelling, “BEEP!” in lieu of horns.

I think I slept about an hour in total.

When I finally got on the plane, I was relieved and getting excited. I love flying, and take-off and landing are my highlights. However, on this flight, I completely missed take-off. I was gone as soon as I sat down, and I woke up between clouds.

wsxwh111's avatar

That happens a lot.. When I was in high school, I often fall asleep in class because it’s boring and I’m tired..
Also lots of time of getting up early and thought “another nap for 5 minutes” and then it went terribly wrong lol
One time I was so exhausted, got home and lay onto bed at 6:00 p.m. before dinner and slept straight to next morning say what??

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ve done all of those things too.
Gosh, one time I had a girlfriend stay the night. I didn’t drink or anything then. We messed around at the pool hall, came back to my house, watched TV and went to bed about midnight. We slept until 5:00 p.m. the next day! Teens do that, I think. They burn the candle at both ends like crazy, for days, but when they sleep, when they have a chance to sleep, that’s what they do and that’s all they do.

Still, when you are already still, and starting to relax, it isn’t quite the same as actually being in motion and falling asleep before you stop. I just remember my head falling down toward the pillow, but I don’t remember it landing because I was asleep by that time.

I had heard the phrase “Asleep before your head hit the pillow.” Had no idea it could be a true thing. It’s true.

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