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Ngoc Thai – Can stay awake forever/does not need to sleep

Ngoc Thai doesn’t have what anyone would call a “typical” case of insomnia. When he was 31 years old, Thai got sick and had a severe fever – he has not slept since, meaning that he hasn’t closed his eyes and even napped since the 1970s. The craziest fact about Thai’s condition is that his lack of sleeping as not affected his mental or physical health. He possesses a slightly damaged liver (which or may or not be related to his lack of sleep), and that is it. No amount of sleeping pills or hard labor have been able to cause Thai to sleep. He remains consistently awake, always alert and aware of the world around him. Part of me is jealous of Thai. Because he doesn’t have to sleep, he has the opportunity to essentially enjoy two lifetimes. However, the more I think about it, the more I would miss having the chance to shut my brain off for hours and not have to think or worry about anything – that must be a burden for Thai.

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Chris is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and FIlm. He has been writing for TVOvermind and Uncoached for two years and has written about numerous different television shows and pop culture topics. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13).
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