24 Hour Club & Sleep Deprivation

smithsmith Huntsville, AlabamaSenior Member
edited May 2013 in General Discussion
Needless to say, staying awake for over 24 hours can be a challenge in itself. Swimming for over 24 hours straight seems somewhat unimaginable to me. It amazes me how certain ultra-marathoners can swim for not only 24 hours, but in time frames ranging from 40-80 hours as well.

In that vein, how do 24 hour club members actually train for sleep deprivation? I've read a little about the training of 24 Hour Club members, but have almost never run across anything about preparing for sleep deprivation.

Keep moving forward.


  • HaydnHaydn Member
    Not a problem for me swimming 24 hours, the water helps keep you awake. I didnt even prepare, i just decided to do a 24 hour swim. I would struggle to stay awake walking though.
  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member
    @smith - I believe my tolerance for sleep depreivation has developed over years of not being able to sleep well in the first place, as I am quite used to occasionally not sleeping 1-2 nights/week. Outside of this internal 'issue' I have struggled with, I have heard people doing long swims (12+ hours) after depriving themselves of a restful night sleep in order to simulate being tired. For example, do not allow yourself to sleep on Friday night, and then start your 12+ hour swim on Saturday morning into Saturday evening. This would be one reasonable way to train for such event...
    Let me know if you have any more questions!

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • HaydnHaydn Member
    Alternatively, go the bed at 6pm and get up at 2 am for a long swim. Especially if you are planning an E C swim.
  • smithsmith Huntsville, AlabamaSenior Member
    Thank you both for the feedback on this. Much appreciated.

    Keep moving forward.

  • bobswimsbobswims Santa Barbara CACharter Member
    I think the key is sleeping well 2 and 3 nights before the event. If that goes well no sleep the night of the swim will not be an issue. When I am going to do a long drive that will take me through the night I just stay focused on getting enough sleep earlier in the week. Sunrise can be a bit of a challenge for 20 to 40 minutes if you have driven all day and through the night, but then my internal clock restarts and I'm good to go.
  • msathletemsathlete Victoria, British Colubia, CanadaMember

    HIya! I am looking for infomation on staying awake for 50 hours. Last year I swim for about 32 and was awake for just over 40. This year I thought I would kick it up a knotch.

    I experienced some fun-filled hallucinations around the 36 hour mark and am wondering if there is a way to minimize them.

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