Germany’s popular TV science program Galileo of ProSieben is currently running its third sleep deprivation competition. Again, four candidates, two women and two men, are trying to stay awake as long as possible. The one who holds out longest wins.
This year, conditions are tougher than in previous years because the experiment is being held out in the open at a campsite in nature without the amenities of modern civilization. No sofa, no TV, no phone, no heating and no pizza service. There are no distractions other than building a makeshift shelter or cooking ones food on an open campfire.
Prolonged sleep deprivation can be dangerous. This is why the experiment is being closely monitored by sleep researcher and expert Andreas Eger. The candidates have to submit to regular check-ups and tests of their mental and physical condition. Galileo of course provides daily progress reports on TV, and on junaio channel “Galileo Schlaflos”, viewers can check out the location of the competition on their smartphones in 360 degree views of the campsite and its surroundings.
More details and videos can be found at the Galileos website.