Thái Ngoc - SuperHuman Number 27 - Super Insomniac


Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. - Thomas Dekker

Most people struggle through their day if they didn’t get enough sleep the night before.

Imagine never being able to sleep at all? What would you do all the time?


Thái Ngoc was born in 1942.


He had a relatively normal life up until 1973 where after a fever he apparently lost the ability to sleep.

Despite many attempts to fix the condition, and countless sleeping pills, he has now been awake for more than 40 years - as long, or longer, than many of us have been alive.

What is Thái Ngoc’s Superpower?

Unlike the rest of us Thái does not seem to need, or be able to, sleep.

The normal human body normally suffers severe consequences from lack of sleep after just a couple of days.

Studies on nightly sleeping habits carried out by the University of Pennsylvania and the Walter Reed Research Institute showed evidence that anything less than eight hours sleep a night can become costly to health.

To stay awake for decades at a time is surely a super human feat, albeit not one that he may want to be exhibiting.

What Can We Learn From Thái Ngoc?

It doesn’t matter how much we think we know, or what laws of physics or medical science we may follow - there are always exceptions.

It is these exceptions that break the mold and redefine everything we may think about boundaries and possibilities of the human race.

On one hand scientists tell us that if we don’t sleep, we will die. On the other hand we have our Superhuman, and he has been awake for decades.

We can learn from this amazing insomniac that the impossible is possible.

What Is Thái Ngoc Doing Now?

He lives on his farm near the foot of the mountains in Que Trung.

His time, of which he has more than most of us in any given day, is taken up taking care of animals (chickens and pigs). He also spends time with his six children.

I have tried sleeping pills and Vietnamese traditional medicine but nothing helps, even to sleep for a few minutes

Genetic or Learned Superpower

We do not believe that this is something that can be learned, therefore we can only deduce that this is some kind of genetic mutation.

Links and Videos of Thái Ngoc

Interview with Prof. De Gennaro

Thái Ngoc Wikipedia page

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