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Answer for question 4190.

What is the longest you've ever had to go without sleep? Why?
Most of my sleepless days happened in college, when I pulled all-nighters to finish a lab report or the final paper for a project. These were usually true all-nighters, heading over to the computer lab after track practice in the afternoon and staying in the lab until 8 in the morning (or whenever I had to call it quits). Usually these were all-nighters because I wasn't the only one doing it, and you could get help from the other folks freaking out. Once the lab time was done (hopefully the report was too) I'd rush home, eat breakfast, and get ready for class. I'd feel awful the rest of the day, with tightness in my chest and burning eyes, but thankfully I could spring back from that when I was college age...