Is it possible to suddenly die from not getting enough sleep?
If you sleep a couple of hours or ditch sleeping totally for days, some symptoms can rise – like psychosis and hallucinations. Spending some days not sleeping won’t kill you – but it will bring you difficulty staying awake. You may fall asleep, and it doesn’t matter what you are doing at the time, even if that sleep quality is not what your body asks. However, severe, chronic sleep deprivation can cause death. This may happen in rare disorders like fatal familial insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia. Both conditions physically deprive a person of getting enough sleep. This finally causes death.