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Woman claims she hasn't slept in over 40 years

By T.K. Randall
September 4, 2021 · Comment icon 11 comments

Imagine going through life without needing to go to bed. Image Credit: Pixabay / LeandroDeCarvalho
A woman in China maintains that she hasn't needed to close her eyes and go to sleep in over four decades.
For most of us, several days without sleep would leave us barely able to function, yet for Li Zhanying - a woman from Henan, China - the idea of falling asleep is itself nothing more than a distant memory.

Now in her mid-40s, the last time she recalls sleeping was when she was a small child.

While this might seem implausible, nobody has actually seen her sleep. Several of her friends and neighbors have repeatedly attempted to catch her in the act, but to no avail.

Incredibly, Li's claim of having never slept in over 40 years is actually true - well, sort of.
Doctors have now determined that she suffers from a very rare condition that sees her sleeping while awake and fully conscious - meaning she can be technically sleeping even while having a conversation with someone.

The medical team used data collected during a 48-hour brainwave-monitoring session to reveal that Li got light and moderate sleep despite neither going to bed or closing her eyes.

This "sleep while awake" phenomenon is similar to sleepwalking.

So while she hasn't technically gone without sleep for 40 years, she doesn't need to go to sleep like a normal person. As a result, she has lived a life twice as long as the rest of us.

Source: Oddity Central | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Nnicolette 3 years ago
Well are you?
Comment icon #3 Posted by quiXilver 3 years ago
y u mad bro?
Comment icon #4 Posted by razman 3 years ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by MissJatti 3 years ago
If that was me I would be bored dead.
Comment icon #6 Posted by ChetManly 3 years ago
...sooo you know better than the doctors that studied her? Or did you not bother reading the article?
Comment icon #7 Posted by fred_mc 3 years ago
Interesting. There are animals who sleep with half their brain at a time while the other half is awake. Maybe this condition is a bit similar to that.
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin 3 years ago
The human heart, not to mention other vital organs, REQUIRE the host to sleep in order to regenerate and otherwise function properly. So, the article is BS.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Saru 3 years ago
Did you actually read the article though, or just the headline ? She reportedly suffers from a rare medical condition that enables her to sleep while outwardly awake, similar to sleepwalking.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
So she's like a dolphin...dolphins are a crazy bunch. https://uk.whales.org/whales-dolphins/how-do-dolphins-sleep/#:~:text=Dolphins alternate which half of,steadily%2C close to the surface.
Comment icon #11 Posted by ZOXS 3 years ago
I agree

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