A Google search for ‘sleep deprivation’ has thrown up more rat based lab testing than I cared to read about. From Wikipedia (I know, but it’s not a research paper we’re doing here so it’s okay).
‘Microsleeps occur when a person has a significant sleep deprivation. The brain automatically shuts down, falling into a sleep state for a period that can last from a second to half a minute. The person falls asleep no matter what activity he or she is engaged in. Microsleeps are similar to blackouts and a person experiencing them is not consciously aware that they are occurring.’
‘Sleep deprivation can sometimes be self-imposed due to a lack of desire to sleep and/or the habitual use of stimulant drugs (i.e. Cocaine, Amphetamines, etc.) Recent studies have also suggested that sleep deprivation produces similar effects in the brain to that of an SSRI in persons with depression, thus ensuing a clinical, self-imposed remedy. However, most individuals suffering from clinical depression are not aware that lack of sleep is having a direct positive effect on thinking. Sleep deprivation is also self-imposed to achieve personal fame in the context of record-breaking stunts. Voluntary sleep deprivation is also utilized in the converting from monophasic sleep to polyphasic sleep.’
So far so scientific, I usually go though these phases of attempting to research for details of the script. It’s fun and it does seem to grant you a huge supply of otherwise useless information but the problem persists that there’s currently no story here. I have a man who isn’t sleeping and there’s still the question as to why this is.
I like the idea that it’s not something he’s going against (and I’m automatically saying ‘he’ at the moment under the impression my lead character is male but this could obviously change). I’m still struggling for a reason why though. It has gone through my mind that it can be military based as there would obviously be an advantage of having a soldier who never needed to sleep.
It lacks resistance as an idea. By this I mean there’s a complete lack of conflict right now if this character is just going along with this enforced insomnia. Somewhere, somehow the set up will have to be broken.