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How-To: "Kill" yourself by not getting enough sleep... Answered

I'm just wondering if anyone else in high school (specifically junior year) is frequently pulling all nighters to get their work done, and essentially "dying" from the process. I am in serious sleep deprivation now, and I'm pretty sure that my eyes are going to implode....

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Incineration_Prophecy
Incineration_Prophecy

12 years ago

Theoretically, a person only needs 3 hours of sleep a night to function. I get this from a U.C.L.A study I read on sleep a couple years ago.

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canida
canida

Reply 12 years ago

By "function" it presumably means continue living at a minimal level! There are lots of interesting sleep studies out there. Apparently sleep is necessary to "consolidate" what you learn during the day- if you don't sleep enough, the information isn't properly written to long-term memory. If you want to retain any of the info you're shoving into your brain for tests you really need to sleep.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

Interesting. I actually function better when I don't sleep at all than when I get less than 7 hrs of sleep.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

12 years ago

As I prommised, I have posted an Instructable on peace relaxation, and feeling better, How to Calm,Relax, and Re-Energize Yourself in Five Minutes I have it entered in the Laser Cutter contest, I would greatly apreciate it if you would rate it as you feel it should be rated. Did I mention it has free music downloads?

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

Haha! I'll rate it, but I don't know if it's going to top my nuclear powered flashlight, or my anti-anti-depressant!

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carbon
carbon

12 years ago

Recently, I've been getting anywhere from 3-5 hours of sleep per night. (Excluding the 3-4 all-nighters I pulled). I really think there's been a decline in my performance, and today is the day that I'm going to get back on track. Unfortunately, I have three tests tomorrow, and I need to study. In math, there'll actually be a few questions dealing with chapters we haven't gone over yet. :(

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

Wow, your math teacher is mean! I agree though, sleep is a serious issue that schools should take care of. Set a maximum work load, or decrease the day length.

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carbon
carbon

Reply 12 years ago

Ironically, I didn't study as much as I should have because I was spending time here, on Instructables. :P

However, I think I did pretty well on the math test. While I didn't even completely finish the test, I was the closest to finishing, with three left to go. The next highest level of completion was 5 problems remaining. (Let's put this in perspective: There were 23 problems on the test ).

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

mmm

In my Math Theory class, the test usually consists of about 18-28 questions. The raw score always adds up to 60 points, and there is an even curve distribution. everyone above the median gets A/A+, below = B+/B if you're way off the curve, C/D/F

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

12 years ago

Hmm, no sleep, an idea to get more sleep = Instructable

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

yessss! make it!

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

Made it.

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

12 years ago

No worries - it should pay off... just don't coast next year, or you'll be kicking yourself :p

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mikesty
mikesty

Reply 12 years ago

Why do you say that?

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 12 years ago

Because getting that "letter of acceptance" from a university is not ticket to the university... That acceptance is hinged on your performance in your final year... Goof off and screw up up - they can (and I've seen it happen more than once) rescind your acceptance.... That's why it's important to update the university should you change courses. Or, if there is a legitimate reason (say, medical or death etc.) make sure your university knows why your performance changed. I can't speak from experience, but I'll bet it is the worst feeling to have a college change their mind on you :(

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mikesty
mikesty

12 years ago

High school was a load of crap. I was in the high classes (mostly, not always, mostly), and I did alright but it's not worth my time. A month left and I am off to college :) The weird thing is, I usually get 6hrs of sleep tops, sometimes 4. Not because of homework, but just because I feel like staying up :)

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sidriddle
sidriddle

12 years ago

when i was in the army, i was involved in a sleep depervation study. we done a forced march for four days. we were allowed only a few minutes sleep at a time with the rest of the time walking. after the second day people were dropping like flies and hallocinating (how ever you spell it) It was not one of my better times serving.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

Whoa... that doesn't sound like fun. I salute you, though, for serving the country.

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Vendigroth
Vendigroth

12 years ago

i get about 10 hours of sleep a night and it's still not enough.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

I get about 7 on average... you're so lucky!

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ich bin ein pyro
ich bin ein pyro

Reply 12 years ago

i get an average of 7 hours also but my friend in school i hear in the summer he used to stay up all night playing halo and guitar hero and somehow he made it work hes usally tired in all classes now

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cesar harada
cesar harada

12 years ago

I sleep when i can't stay awake, so it's very irregular and related to the present stimulation : sometimes, for a week i almost don't sleep, sometimes i sleep 2 continuous days, no rule. I'm lucky to be able to do that, because i am an independent designer, student researcher, and what i mostly do is passion driven. When I was in high-school I slept very little (some years at least 2 sleepless nights a week), and it was to get good grades to get a good job and get well payed and have plenty of free time ... i don't have this yet, but that's the plan. Like westfw says, getting good grades is important for futur confort ... Making interesting not paid projects can be a clever long term investment as well .... i hope ... i always say, i will sleep later, and the pile of project keeps on accumulating ...

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 12 years ago

Okay, now you're just getting ridiculous. You're going to kill yourself before you're 40 if you don't slow down. Every night you stay up and don't sleep hurts your body long term, just a wee bit. Aren't you worrying a bitt too much about getting a job with free time? When you do get one, will you even know what to do with it? My friend, please get some rest. Your body needs play, it needs food and water, and sleep. You can go without any for a short time, but long term this is just a terrible thing to do to yourself.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

12 years ago

I usually get about 4 hours of sleep a night, does that count? I'm just juggling options - wondering if my grade in AP Biology really matters if i'm going into Photography...

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westfw
westfw

Reply 12 years ago

A passing (gets you credit at your college; actual grade may vary) in ANY AP class gets you "freedom to flunk" one actual college class later, and is well worth some level of effort. AP Bio is probably particularly useful because the equivalent actual college class probably includes a good amount of "weed out the people who think they are pre-med" unpleasantness. That said, sleep can be better than studying.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

Well see..I have a D in there, so my decision is whether or not to take the National Exam, in which case I wouldnt get any AP credit, and the class would count as an honors (4.5 max credit, not 5). If I do take it, and get a 1 on the exam, it'll look horrible on college applications..and i go in circles with my decision making. Anyways, I don't want to get off topic..back to sleep

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

Don't worry! This post is all about sleep and classes and grades and just killing yourself in general... using tools that teachers give you IE homework, projects, tests, and lack of sleep.

You guys are lucky, when I enrolled in AP courses they FORCE you to take the AP exam. I'm pretty sure it's my school's way of making an extra buck or two... they don't care where you go to college afterward...

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 12 years ago

I get lots of sleep. I have a resolution! Don't do your homework!

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

I ususally do the homework about tem minutes before each class. I'm on this site way too much. So if i fail at life, it's Eric's fault, and I'm suing. :-P

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 12 years ago

It sucks because I hate to do my homework in study halls, and we are allowed to go to the library. There are only 4 spots for every class, and I am always late!! I have to succumb to ditching Instructables for 45 minutes, and do my geometry homework.................ugh

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

That's the attitude! hahaha

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

Our school makes you take the exam (they pay for it) depending on what you have in the class..I'm on the brink.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

Sleep is always better than studying, studying just prepares you for a test more =P

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royalestel
royalestel

12 years ago

Sleep > Studying
Sleep + Responsible daily activities = Enough time to study.

If you have a job, quit if you can. Making school your job in hgih school is really the way to go.

Good grades in High School = Scholarships for college and better paying jobs.

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westfw
westfw

Reply 12 years ago

I gotta agree with the "dump the job" bit. Especially in high school. It's real easy to fool yourself into thinking that you're being "responsible" when you're actually avoiding what ought to be your primary responsibility. College will run fewer hours/day spent in classes, but more time studying. I had a physics prof who estimated we should spend twice as much time studying as we did in class (A class typically runs 3h/w.)

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

I got home today and went straight to sleep. Sleep is definitely > studying!