We normally feel the ill effects of lack of sleep when we don’t get the proper shuteye in a day or two but to hear about someone not getting a wink of sleep for 60 days is simply alarming.
Apparently this was the case with the late pop star Michael Jackson, who had reportedly stayed awake for 60 days without getting much needed sleep. Jackson was able to do it using Propofol, a drug which was administered by Doctor Conrad Murray as per ordered by Jackson himself.
The drug is said to be something that disrupts the normal sleep cycle and offers no REM sleep. Regardless, the person would still feel refreshed as if they had experienced genuine sleep as explained by Dr. Charles Czeisler, a Harvard Medical School sleep expert who testified during the ongoing trial at the wrongful-death trial of concert promoter AEG LIve.
Additionally, if Jackson had not died on June 25, 2009, Czeisler estimated that the late pop idol would have died before the 80th day of Propofol infusions. Jackson took his for 60 nights before trying to wean him off on June 22,2009 which was three days before he died.
“It would be like eating some sort of cellulose pellets instead of dinner,” he said. “Your stomach would be full, and you would not be hungry, but it would be zero calories and not fulfill any of your nutrition needs” – Czeisler shared.