Originally Posted by Unregistered
Unbelieveble! This is absolutely incredible. Do you know how much she used to sleep at younger age? I ask because i want to know if its a learned ability or not. I'm getting by with 3 - 4,5 h at night and a 20 - 30 min nap in the afternoon, but your girlfriend is just far beyond
Originally Posted by Alarin
Wow, that's incredible! I'm amazed she can still function ok after a few days without sleep, does she have trouble driving or reacting to things or anything like that?
I have a friend who sleeps no more than 3 hours a night, with a 1 hour nap in the afternoon, but usually every 5 or 6 days she 'crashes' and sleeps for 12 - 14 hours straight.
That's the weird thing - she doesn't get lethargic she gets antsy. Actually I think that's part of the "attitude" thing I mentioned. I think she basically does it by always keeping stimulated in some way. She always keeps herself busy with either work or school and rather than sleeping when there's neither, she keeps a full social life as well, so there's just not time for sleep, and she regards sleeping as a waste of time. When it gets dicey she gets kinda hyper because she knows if she "lets down her guard" she'll just crash, so she has to keep herself going by keeping stimulated.
City driving is not hard but driving on the freeway long distances is sometimes a problem. I tell her to call me if she's getting sleepy while driving so I can talk to her to keep her alert. I think her temperature level has something to do with it too. I mentioned she gets really sensitive to cold - I joke with her that it's her body going into survival mode and protecting the vital organs and letting her limbs die. Get her under a comfy blanket and she's out like a light - all warm and snuggly does her in. So I think the being cold keeps her alert as well.
I asked her about her sleep habits when she was younger but I honestly can't really remember what she told me. I think it was a combination of both - she didn't sleep as much as "normal" to begin with and then starting in high school she was just so stressed and competitive that she started cutting back more and more.
I should also mention that she does take short 20 min naps sometimes, and does "crash" once in a while - like when the semester is over - but for her a "crash" is like 6 hours.