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The insomnia project

Updated: Nov 24, 2021



Hello. I'm a friend of a man named Tom. He killed himself recently and wanted me to share his experience of trying to stay up for 9 days without any sleep. I'm not sure if he wants me to share it now but the world needs to know. I found his journal that kept track of his journey, and now I'm going to share it with the world so no one has to share his fate. Here's what was in his journal:


Hello! My name is Tom Smith! I'm going to attempt to hold the world record of the longest time without any sleep! I will keep track of my journey by writing any interesting things that happen to me each day. I'm doing this for proof that I did indeed stay up, in fact I'm recording the whole thing that way there is no doubt that I completed this challenge, let's get to it!


Night 1: I'm hungry, bored, and a little tired. Yet I feel like throwing up all my insides. Huh, I remember feeling this a long time ago in collage when I had to type a full on essay in one night. I think I'm going to ask someone to why I'm feeling like this, oh who am I kidding, they will all just say it's because I got no sleep. I'm sure that's not it, there has to be something wrong, but no worries! I will not give up so soon!


Night 2: I'm starving, but I just threw up when I tried to eat a leftover burger from earlier today. It's strange, how come I could just eat whatever I want when it's day time but I just get sick when it's night time. I think it's just me to be honest. I guess I'm just gonna starve myself, the pain I get just trying to eat something is unbearable. It's not worth it.


Night 3: I feel like a disgusting person when it's day time. I eat almost everything in my sight when the suns out. But I feel like lying down and doing nothing all night. And I have been doing nothing all night but righting in this stupid journal. I'm almost there, almost there...


Night 4: I did a little expiriment. I decided not to eat anything today and see what would happen tonight. Nothing. Nothing happened. I'm still sick. I'm still starving but I don't care anymore, if I must starve to avoid the pain, then so be it.


Night 5: Great news! I'm not hungry anymore, that's strange because I haven't eaten anything, but a win is a win! I'm still sick though, I'm still in pain but I will thrive! Hold on there's a knock at my door, be right back. OK I'm back. It was one of my friends, he wanted to check on me. In the middle of the night. I don't care what time it is, it's still good to know he cares.


Night 6: No one was at my door yesterday, I told the friend who came to my door thank you for stopping by last night. He asked what I was talking about and that he never came over. But I know he did, he had to. Someone was at my door. Speaking of which, there's a knock at my front porch. Forget it. I'm not answering, and nothing can make me.


Night 7: I need to eat. I need to eat, but I'm not hungry. I need to eat, but I'm sick to my stomach. On second thought, I am a little hungry, but not for food, I just don't know what. Whatever. I'm fine. Anyway, I haven't left my house. Why you might ask? Because that person who's knocking at my door is still there. He won't leave. Well neither will I...


Night 8. He's no longer knocking. He's kicking. He's not stopping either. It won't be long before he comes in, I won't let him, I will never let him.


HE WON'T COME IN AND I REFUSE FOR HIM TO COME IN. GET HIM AWAY FROM ME. I REFUSE. I NEED TO ESCAPE. GREAT NEWS EVERYONE. I FOUND OUT HOW TO SOLVE BOTH OF MY PROBLEMS, STARVATION AND HIM. I JUST NEED TO DO ONE THING.


I got concerned for my friend Tom, I texted him since night 5 to check up on him. No answer. I called the cops on day nine, they found him dead. With a huge hole in his stomach and flesh in his mouth. He was eating himself. I'm not sure if anyone was at his door, but I doesn't matter now. I think it was all in his head. Turns out, he had schizophrenia. He shouldn't have done this alone, or at all. So please, get some sleep, you won't regret it.




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