And he found trying to sleep more exhausting than staying awake.
Meet Paul Kern
Paul Kern was a Hungarian serving in the First World War. During his service, he was shot in the head and survived the wound.
After having part of his frontal cortex removed, Paul lost the ability to sleep forever.
Stunningly, he lived this way for 40 years.
Paul was shot on the Eastern front while fighting with the Hapsburg Army.
Paul felt no need to sleep.
In fact, it is said that the lack of sleep never even affected his quality of work as a Pension Clerk after the war.
He is quoted saying that he tried for two hours to sleep each day, yet found that MORE exhausting than just staying awake.
Doctors speculate that his brain was able to rest well enough during this time to function. It is also speculated that Mr. Kern could have possibly fallen asleep for a few seconds at a time, many times a day.
This behavior was never witnessed, however.
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