24 Hour Club & Sleep Deprivation

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.
Lactate is for wimps.

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  • 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.
  • @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...
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  • 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.
  • Thank you both for the feedback on this. Much appreciated.
    Lactate is for wimps.
  • 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.
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