Most people who struggle with insomnia find it to be the bane of their existence. But not Neil Epstein.
The 54-year-old from New Barnet, North London, tells Caters News that he has been an insomniac for almost 50 years. On average, Neil will sleep for only minutes at a time. On top of that, he’s able to go completely without any sleep for as long as 48 hours at a time.
“I rarely sleep more than 20 minutes at a time,” Neil explained. “If I’m lucky, I’ll get an hour’s sleep a night and at least one night a week I go without sleep entirely.”
“I’d say on average I get about 10 hours sleep a week and I can be awake for 36 hours,” he continued.
While that may sound like abject misery to most of us, Neil has put a decidedly positive spin on his condition.
“[The insomnia has] probably given me an extra two years of consciousness every decade. For this reason, my insomnia has actually been a positive thing in lots of ways — I’ve never looked at it as a negative,” he revealed. “It’s given me many opportunities, whereas most people don’t have the time.”
These opportunities include answering calls when people need to speak with him at 3 a.m., writing poetry and music, learning to play the piano, and even learning French.
For more on Neil’s strange condition and the silver linings he’s found in it, watch the video.
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