Background: I have Asperger's Syndrome. After staying awake for an entire night without sleeping medication, some individuals report feeling tired while others report feeling euphoric and at some point begin to hallucinate with funny noises endlessly repeating. Once, I was awake for 70 hours with strong visual and acoustic hallucinations. I don't do this any more as the effects are gone, and I also feel very tired after a rather short time so I'm over it.
- What neural or psychological mechanisms could make an individual want to experience the effects of sleep deprivation?
- Is sleep deprivation addictive?
- Does sleep deprivation count as a drug?
- Is enjoying sleep deprivation related to having Asperger's Syndrome?