Fatal familial insomnia is not like regular insomnia, where one has difficulty falling asleep: this is a condition that renders the sufferer physically incapable of falling asleep. Sleep deprivation for any length of time can cause symptoms, ranging from irritability to hallucinations. The longer the body goes without sleep, the worse the symptoms become: in the case of FFI, this can result in rapid weight loss, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, loss of muscle control, dementia, and eventually, death within approximately 70 months.
Isn't that absolutely terrifying!
Most Helpful Girl
I heard about this in genetics, terrible. Yet another reason why prions are terrifying and why late onset autosomal dominate diseases are terrible.
These are great links I found for anyone wanting to further study this and the recent discovery of why sleep is so important to survival :)
Most Helpful Guy
Actually yea I saw it on 1000 ways to die and googles it. That scares the shit out of me1