Ok. I've posted this elsewhere, but Gappa has kindly asked me to share here. In a fantasy book I once read about a hypothetical dream....
I think 14 days is my record too (certainly 7-10) It was an i.v. amphetamine
run back when I was young (18-19), and I remember going 14 days and night without sleep, but it was more than half a lifetime ago so who knows? I don't think this is just bravado, but I can't guarantee it. I was getting somewhat psychotic by the end of things, but I kept myself sane-(ish?! Am I ever sane? lol) by lying down for at least 3 hours a night even if I wasn't sleeping. I had to put myself in a somewhat artificial lying on my back position as it was the only way I could lie still. I used to listen to Alan Bennet reading Wind the Willows or Whinnie the Pooh to help me relax or sometimes a Peter Cook and Dudley Moore tape I had, I think the one with the horse race on it (you know "It's the prick, being followed by the wanker...." etc. i.e. all the horses are obscenities!)
I've done a 7-10 stretch (possibly 14 if you exclude micro-sleeps) when I did my first methadone
detox in rehab. That time I did see a sort of black ghostly figure but I knew it wasn't real, it was at night in a dimly lit room.
There are documented cases of people who never sleep. Currently at age 38, doing 10 days with only 1-2 hours sleep a night a few days back, again in opiate
withdrawal is more than enough sleep deprivation for me thank you very much. Never again! lol