3: Samantha only sleeps every 8 days
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In this episode, we’re talking with Samantha. And that’s not her real name, by the way.

She has an interesting story, and it has to do with a medical condition that she’s had since childhood.

Samantha has hyper insomnia. I’m sure you already know about insomnia. Maybe you actually experience it from time to time.

But what Samantha has is HYPER insomnia. That’s more than just trouble sleeping sometimes. For her, it means that she typically goes about 8 days at a time without having any sleep. Can you imagine going more than a week with no sleep?

In this conversation, we talked about the medical aspect of it and what’s actually going on. She also has some other medical issues that kind of complicate things. I also asked her the question she probably gets asked more than any other – what do you do with all that extra awake time? We talked about the advantages, and the disadvantages, of this particular condition. And I also asked her, “If there were a cure for this, would you accept it?”

There are some online resources available to learn more about hyper insomnia, and Samantha also has a blog where she talks about it in detail. I’ll have those links in the show notes for this episode, which is at whatwasthatlike.com/03.

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