How Long Can You Stay Awake (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 11 Consecutive Days

The longest record of staying awake is approximately about 264 hours or 11 hours we can say but then too it is not clarified that for how long a human can survive without asleep as when the person does not sleep for approx four to five nights he/she starts to hallucinate which is not good for the individual’s health. 

Although it is not confirmed that the person who is sleep deprived can die or not as it is so rare that the person will die because they did not have enough sleep.

How Long Can You Stay Awake

How Long Can You Stay Awake?

Age Time 
Newborns14-17 hours
Infants 12-13 hours
Toddlers 11-14 hours
Preschool-age children 10-13 hours
School-age children 9-12 hours
Teens 8-10 hours
Adults 7-9 hours

A person can be awakened for a long time like we see that it can be about 11 days. For the experiment in 1965, there was a 17-year-old high school student who decided not to sleep for 8 to 10 days. After these, he was tested and there were no such issues he was facing because of no sleep he did not experience any serious medical issues, or physiological, neurological problems. 

On the other hand, we observed that they showed progress as their duration of sleep deprivation increased and they are more confident and motivated after the process. but when they were awake they were not in the active state of mind as they all became somewhat dysfunctional and they became weak too at that time. However continuous awake for two weeks can cause a person death also.

 In the case of animals if they are also awake for a long the that also causes the death of the animal. When we miss pouring 24 hours of sleep it is not an uncommon thing because missing sleep makes you sleepy and leaves an unhealthy impact on your health. 

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When a person is awake for 24 hours it gives the effects of drowsiness, irritability, memory deflection and many of these kinds of effects are the same kinds are in if they awake for 36 or 48, or 72 hours. 

As everyone has their period, that much sleep they should acquire for good health as in the table above you can see the times that you should take sleep and have rest.

Why Does It Take This Long To Stay Awake?

It takes a long to stay awake because a person has Narcolepsy which is a sleep disorder that overwhelms at the time and suddenly attacks at night time instantly. People with this disorder can not stay for so long as they need to sleep.

 But the person should not stay awake for more than 17 hours. Sometimes people stay awake for their work or some activities that keep them awake. Therefore there are so many reasons for an individual to be awake for a long. 

Like you might miss your night sleep because of some work or you were cramming for a test or taking care of a sick child while it won’t leave a good impact on our health as we become sleepy during the day and also feel weak. 

As if the person wakes for so long because of work or any other reason they may have a lack of physical activities, maybe in an irritated mood or any other causes too. The reasons for long awake are also drugs, cigarettes, or any other kinds of medications that let the person awake but after that leaves a very bad and harsh effect on the individual. 

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So people love to be awake till late in the night as they love the night and the silence that they get at that time so that they can work on their particular aspect without any distribution. And as the LED lights that are present in the room sometimes give the sense of sun that makes an individual awake.


From the above content, we can say that a person can stay awake up to when he/she wants to as if there is the highest limit of 11 days that the person can survive without sleep for 11 days. 

But we know that sleep is important to so we take a nap every day to keep ourselves refreshed and active sometimes the individual being awake for his/her own nee as the person have to complete some work that he/she wants to submit to the next morning so he/she would skip their nap and can give preference to there work at that time.

Sometimes it’s about entertainment as we engaged in some game or in any series we are watching and we give that thing more preference and be awake. Therefore there are so many reasons for an individual to be awake for a long time. 



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