if I could go without sleep. And all the research I could get done. And committees that I could serve on. Etc.
More importantly, I could do all that stuff, and spend more time with my family.
Thai Ngoc is a 64-year-old farmer in rural Vietnam, similar in most ways to his neighbors in the agricultural commune.
But Ngoc never sleeps.
For more than half his life — since 1973 — he has not slept.
He is strong and healthy, doctors and his family say. While normal people slumber, he works on his farm or volunteers to help neighbors with various rituals.
“Ngoc often does extra farm work or guards his farm at night to prevent theft, saying he used three months of sleepless nights to dig two large ponds to raise fish,” Thanhnien News reported today.
“Neighbor Vu said Ngoc volunteered to help beat a drum during the night and guard the house for the relatives of the dead during funeral ceremonies so that they could take a nap.”
He has tried traditional Vietnamese medicines, sleeping pills and lots of booze, but none of those things will put him to sleep.
“Sleep is a necessary part of life, like food and water,” according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. But Ngoc is living proof that some people can go without sleep for three decades.