Question: What is the longest an average pre-teen could stay awake without napping or sleeping

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  1. In general, children need more sleep than adults because their bodies are still growing and developing. Adults need about 8 hours sleep a night, so teenagers would need at least that for the best brain and body functioning.
    Usually, after 2 or 3 days of no sleep, people start developing really bad problems because you can’t function properly.
    There is a disease called Fatal Familial Insomnia in which people can no longer sleep, but they do have very, very small periods of sleep-like seconds to minutes. These poor people die within 3 months of the disease starting. Thankfully this is a very, very rare disease.


  2. I’m going to go with Kristyn on this one…

    Although I kind of feel I need more naps with getting older. 🙂


  3. Good answer from @kristyn….
    There was a cmpetetion to try and see how long a rteenager could stay awake. I think it went into the Guiness book of Records. He stayed awake for 4 days… he started hallucintaing and doing weird things !!
    Effectively, as soon as we loose sleep, then things can start to go wrong