Ask the Subjects :: Are you having microsleeps?
Monday, 18 February 2013
Are you having microsleeps? Once when sleep deprived I had them, and also kept seeing people who wanted to look after me. People kept asking me if I was okay, and I wondered whether to tell the extent of my hallucinations. Are you irritable? I dont think I was creative at all, except for my hallucinations which were beautiful. Do you feel disconnected from your bodies? and can you sleep on a chickens lip when you get out? being so exhausted?
In the study yes when I was on the repetitive testing and it would always be at the end of the third set, when your attention and focus is starting to whither. I had a micro sleep when I was doing the driving test and drove off the road and once when I was doing the PVT. I think I was more conscious of my tiredness than irritable and I don’t think I had the clarity to think straight and have the right head space to create work sometimes. This was interesting because I would start making abstract work when I was tired and start looking at fundamental mark making and composition and colour.
I could “sleep on a chicken’s lip” as you so wonderfully put it before the study – honed my skills from years of travelling. But for the most part I have slept terribly since the study. For the first few nights I could only get three-four hours a night, which was frustrating. I did have a couple of microsleeps in the lab. Hallucinations were par for the course, and it surprises me how much stigma is attached to them.