In preparation to report on the mindset of my cohorts, I stayed up for over twenty-four hours yesterday. It’s not the end of the world but it’s not for the weak at heart. Around the sixteen hour mark you start to get tired. Just around the time you normally go to sleep you start to feel sleepy. This is the first hurdle. If you can make it past this initial drowsiness then your, “Second wind” will kick in. This is the result of circadian rhythms cycling into a phase of wakefulness. Your body stops releasing melatonin. At this point, it won’t even matter if you lay down… you awake, kid.
Over time, sleep deprivation starts to affect memory, judgment, and basic motor skills. Great sleep deprivation mimics psychosis: distorted perceptions can lead to inappropriate emotional and behavioral responses. Lee and Whitney took naps and have been up for around twelve hours. Todd took about a half hour nap and other than that has already been up for twenty hours. I’m about to go to sleep but It’ll be interesting to see how everybody is feeling when I get back up around the halfway point.