Originally Posted by SuperStar
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.
That's pretty amazing! She must get a lot done. Does she get sick a lot or easily, like does she have poor immunity? I know that sleep contributes a lot to body repair and immunity so it would be interesting to know if lack of sleep negatively effects her health?
I remember there was a man in India or China I think it was who claimed not to have slept for 20 years, and during the night he watched over his neighbours cattle to protect them from thieves. He said he'd never been sick or even tired, he just couldn't sleep