Saturday, February 18, 2006

Sleepless in Quang Nam

The Machinist featured a character who hadn't slept for a year. I wondered if this is possible, considering how you'll occasionally hear of some dedicated worker dropping dead after not sleeping for a week. Apparently, yes. The Vietnamese farmer Thai Ngoc has not slept since 1973! He's still healthy, aside from some liver problems. No word as to if he's been growing cocoa.


The Pagan Temple said...

There is a semi-regular character in the Fox network series "Prison break" who suffers that abnormality,and I think it is a real one, a brain disorder caused, I think, by a lesion on a certain part of the brain. I would think that, in those extremely rare real life cases such as your Vietnamese farmer, medication to prevent psychotic episodes would be required.

Rufus said...

J.G. Ballard had a short story in which psychologists turn off the sleep capacities of a group of test subjects, who eventually go insane. It was quite good, as I recall.