In December 1963, two high school students named Randy Gardner and Bruce McAllister had an idea for a science exhibition project. See how long one can stay awake. and record any potential side effects. As the video above from the Be Amazing YouTube channel details, this experiment ends up making history.
After losing a coin toss It was decided that Gardner was the one who did not sleep. and after not sleeping for two days Some noticeable effects started to come in. He will stumble upon words when asked to repeat them. And having trouble focusing, McAllister began to fall asleep during this time. So they recruited a third team member, Joe Marciano. and Dr. John J. Ross, Commander-in-Chief of the United States Navy Medical Unit. also noted
On the third day, Ross noticed that Gardner was becoming somewhat uncoordinated and very emotional. The mood swings severely from 72 hours onwards. And the hallucinations occurred after five days. During the day, Gardner was always playing basketball and pinball with his fellow students. And it’s much easier to stay awake while the sun rises. As the night became more and more challenging.
Garder was finally awake 264.4 hours, or 11 full days. Gardner was unable to go to bed directly. First, he had to make a statement about his experience. He was then taken to a Naval Hospital for doctors to perform an electrocardiogram (EEG) and study his brain waves. Then he was allowed to go to bed and he slept for 14 hours.
the next morning Gardner went to high school as usual. and no symptoms of sleep deprivation for a long time “I went back to normal mode,” he said at that moment. “Everything is fine. Isn’t that weird?”
While a number of others have reportedly exceeded Gardner’s time in the years since, they have not been counted as “official” achievements, Guinness World Records has stopped recording these efforts. for fear that a person will damage their health while trying to set a new record.