Science of Sleep: Sleep Experiment Logs-Video

The (NO) Sleep Logs

Natalie’s Log

10:47 p.m. Decide to walk to Walgreen’s. Recent snow makes me feel giddy about being outside. Plus the darkness combined with the silence of the snow makes the scene more magical. Set off with Denisse.
1:30 a.m. Arrival back on campus. lots of energy. singing on the walk back. I feel pretty good about staying up. Already dreaming of a good breakfast. How strange it is to eat breakfast after no sleep?
2:30 a.m. acute sense of the downward spiral. consume one cup of black tea.
3:24 a.m. Sleepy Natalie working on magazine layout. surviving.
4:16 a.m. Break for music video viewing party of two. Kanye West and Kid Cudi at 4 am. Back to work.
5:31 a.m. Sleep is important. I keep thinking ‘I can’t wait to feel refreshed and re energized in the morning’ and then I realize I’ll be awake through it all.
7:00 a.m. Oh, we made it! It’s morning too soon and not soon enough. Layout complete.
8:30 a.m. Breakfast time! I make a tofu and egg omelet with onions and mushrooms for Denisse and I. yum. very fulfilling.
9:30 a.m. over ambitious, I decide to do the dishes I’ve failed to do for the last month. so many it takes me an hour and a phone call to mom.
10:47 a.m. attempt to get ready for the day and look like a human. Meet a friend at the mall.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. errands and thrifting with friend. Enough distraction to allow me to forget I’m tired. consume one cup of complimentary thrift store coffee.
6:00 p.m. Dinner out at the Pho King with Denisse. Feeling okay until after eating. exhaustion settles in. Very fearful of the upcoming evening.
8:00 p.m. anxiety about important homework assignments. set to work.
10:00 p.m. paranoia about my abilities to complete things.
3:00 a.m. I cannot resist the newsroom couch any longer. (seriously it’s comfy) I can’t think of a good enough reason to stay awake. I give in. I don’t have the energy to fight that mental battle. Falling asleep at the computer. Need to write my speech in the morning.
8:00 a.m. Frantically write speech for class. tired. feeling guilty for failure. but recovering.

Reflection: The first night wasn’t bad. I believe its doable. Though toying with your sleep cycle can keep you on your toes, particularly if your one that enjoys a a good fight with obstacles, you can only find the positive in that for so long. It was a mental battle that I was losing confidence in. It’s hard to feel in control of your life when you’re so tired. Though I failed, I feel I failed out of worry. I am the type to sleep off anxiety.

MacKenzie’s Log

9:35 pm on November 19th- nothing to report, just recorded first video
11:50 pm- my eyes are getting a little tired, contacts getting dry, just did some exercise to feel more awake
12:04 am on November 20th- just shot a video, getting a little sleepy- might have a snack, watch a movie or two
2:00 am- actually feeling more awake than earlier
4:51 am- feeling strangely energized and awake
9:48 am- feeling normal, not at all like I just stayed up all night doing some homework and watching movies
2:20 pm- my eyes are actually starting to get tired
4:42 pm- my eyes are starting to bug me, but I feel like I’m bouncing off the walls with energy
6:32 pm- feeling a lot more tired now- I see movement out of the corner of my eyes and I keep thinking that its another house centipede, but they are just gnats buzzing around the room
8:45 pm- my eyes feel like I’ve been cutting onions
10:54 pm- just took a shower and now my eyes feel a little better, but I almost fell over taking my stuff out of my shower caddy; my eyes are still tired
12:45 am on November 21st- still tired, its getting harder to stay awake and concentrate on homework
4:15 am- I can’t stay up anymore, I have to go to sleep, I closed my eyes for about an hour and just woke up
11:00 am- just woke up from about 7 hours of sleep and I feel a lot better now

Snacks: popcorn, water, Oreo dipper things, cereal, Chex mix, Twizzlers, peanut butter, Pepsi

Reflection:
The day that I started my experiment, my memory was in kind of a rut. First I forgot my phone in my dorm before I left for class, then I left my keys in the door to my dorm after coming back from lunch with my roommate (I didn’t realize I left them until I got back to my room after class and saw the note my roommate left me). My mind was off to a great start going into the experiment. During my first all nighter, I was able to stay up with some exercise and a couple of funny videos, but when the second all-nighter came around, I could not do anything to stay up past four o’clock in the morning. I really had to go to sleep and my bed was calling my name. Throughout the double all-nighter, I recorded some videos just at various times like around midnight and after breakfast the next morning. It was a good experience to get to know what my limitations are.

Victoria’s log
12:45 am – I’ve already been up for almost 20 hours to begin with. This is going to be interesting to say the least.
2:00 am-Binge watching The Walking Dead. Too spooky. Couldn’t sleep if I wanted to.
3:07 am – Ok, I have way too much energy right now. I want to clean my room but I don’t want to wake anyone up.
4:15 am – My eyes feel heavy, but my body still feels awake. Kinda want food.
8:00 am – I have to work in a few hours and I’m not looking forward to it.
9:15 am – I almost feel drunk. Now I know what the phrase “drunk tired” means. I don’t really think I should drive.
10:00 am –At work. I feel so exhausted but this coffee is saving my life right now.
12:56 pm – I got a lunch rush at work and it was a little hard to keep up with orders. Normally, I can remember orders but today I had to write everything down so I wouldn’t forget.
1:12 pm – I find myself pausing a lot when I talk with customers. I think they think I’m stupid.
2:30 pm – All my co-workers are keeping me up by slamming loud objects around me. Great team work guys.
4:00 pm – I left work. I had a friend pick me up which was a great idea. I don’t trust myself driving.
5:00 pm – Literally everything is funny. I’ve been laughing at really dumb pictures on the internet. I should probably do something productive, but this is way more entertaining.
7:00 pm – Super exhausted. My eyes are going to close. I needed to get out of the house because I was going to fall asleep. Went to a friend’s house.
8:00 pm – My friend and I went to a very loud bar. It kept me up, but I didn’t feel like socializing. Starting to see fuzzy things out of the corner of my eyes.
9:26 pm – Still at the bar. I feel so irritable. Contemplating sneaking away to sleep.
10:00 pm – Home now. Eyes are droopy. I can’t stop yawning. I don’t think I’m going to make it.

Reflection: I was very hopeful during the beginning of the experiment. I believed that I could stay up without any sleep because I frequently only get about 5 hours of sleep a night. However, as the day went on, it got very hard. I felt irritable and my eyes were fighting with me to stay up. I felt like I couldn’t properly function or get my thoughts out. All in all, it was a fun experiment. I don’t know if I would do it again, but it was fun editing our video logs and watching us descend into zombies.

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