The Russian Sleep experiment was made famous when the covert operation tested the effects of sleep deprivation on a few brave men. This is why it failed, and why it was never replicated again.
Ever heard of the Russian Sleep Experiment? A scientific undertaking organized by the Soviet military in the late 1940s, this experiment attempted to test the effectiveness of a new chemical gas that could stop people from falling asleep. Tested on a group of 5 Russian political prisoners, the goal of the experiment was to keep the test subjects awake for a month straight. However, the experiment was aborted in a morbidly spectacular fashion after just 15 days. But why did the Russian Sleep Experiment fail?
In this video, we’ll walk you through the story of the experiment, and exactly what caused things to fall apart. Then, we’ll discuss the origins of the story, and whether or not we can even be sure it’s true, before going on to discuss the findings of other well-documented sleep experiments, and the potentially debilitating effects a lack of sleep can have on your body and your brain. Hope you’re well-rested, because you might not be able to sleep after watching this!