The Russian Sleep Experiment Is the Freakiest Story Ever Told… But Is It True?
This is the story of the Russian Sleep Experiment. You must decide for yourself whether this terrifying tale is a hoax… or the horrible truth.
In the 1940s, scientists in Russia decided to test the effects of extreme sleep deprivation, sealing five people into a small room and exposing them to a gas stimulant to keep them awake. Monitoring their subjects through glass portholes and microphones and providing them with a month’s worth of dried foodstuffs, the experiment began.
Very little happened for five days, except that the subjects began discussing deeper emotional issues as their sleep deprivation wore down their social reserve. Then their behavior took a turn for the worse.
The subjects became paranoid and stopped communicating with each other, convinced that they were trapped in the experiment through each others’ treachery. They turned their backs on one another, whispering strange, inaudible things into the microphones.
Nine days passed before the first man began to scream.