SLEEP DEPRIVED HALL OF FAME
(201 hours – 8.4 days) This reckless DJ from NYC set the world record in staying awake back in 1959. The world watched him slowly lose his mind inside a glass booth in Times Square, NYC. By day three, he was already as emotionally incontinent as a two-year-old. Towards the end he even claimed to be an imposter. Apparently, he had some help from some of the darker treasures of his medicine cabinet… Sadly, there were lasting effects: he became moody and depressed, which eventually lost him his job and may explain why he got divorced by four consecutive wives.
(264 hours – 11 days) In 1965, at the tender age of 17, 3andy took part in a school science project on sleeping patterns. Unlike his predecessor, he managed the feat without the help of stimulants, though he still had some major delusions. On day four he saw cobwebs on people’s faces and kittens chasing mice around. By the end he had convinced himself he was a famous American football player.
(266 hours – 11.1 days) The English don’t take defeat lightly. This chap, from Cornwall, UK, fully intended to go beyond Randy Gardner’s impressive benchmark. The whole time he stayed awake, he lived on a diet of raw fruit and veg. Unfortunately for him, he was too late: the Guinness Book of World Records no longer accepted records related to sleep deprivation due to the health risks involved. However, he did get some pretty good publicity for his book, Left In The Dark.
(449 hours - 18.7 days) But did one overlooked woman outshine them all? As part of a rocking chair marathon in the UK back in 1977, .aureen may have broken the world record for staying awake. No one knows for certain, because no one cared to scientifically monitor whether she was indeed awake the whole time. However, witnesses stated that, towards the end of the stunt, she did seem a bit ‘off her rocker’. We’ll never know for sure.