Recently I read an article (which I have linked below) about how long a person can stay awake. The answer is 11 days, a world record set by none other than a high school student. The article then goes into some information about sleep diseases and how those can effect how a person lives. I didn’t pay much attention to those but it was some interesting information. But the article also stated that when we get a lack of sleep, after so long our bodies will shut down into a kind of awake-asleep, or “microsleep”. We are conscious but we can’t function as well as if we had slept. After a long while, sleep deprivation makes it harder to concentrate, motivate oneself, and perform higher mental activities.