A Los Angeles celebrity photographer claims he just set a world record for staying awake for 40 straight days and nights. However, he won't get a coveted place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Tyler Shields, 28, said he didn't sleep for 968 consecutive hours. He said a team of monitors watched him 24 hours a day to make sure he didn't nod off. But even still, the folks at Guinness won't recognize his stunt because it is too hard to prove and too dangerous to attempt.
Shields certainly wouldn't argue with that last point. He told AOL News that he suffered fevers, headaches, eye pain and the loss of feeling in his legs at various points during his marathon.
"Would I advise anyone to do it? No, I wouldn't. Would I do it again? No, I won't break my own record. But I think it's pretty awesome," he said.
Ironically, Shields said one of the hardest parts of his quest was when it was all over, and he was finally able to go to sleep.
"I slept six hours and when I woke up it took me 15 minutes to put my pants on,’ he said. "I was stumbling around my room. Never have I experienced anything like that. One of my assistants said it was like the equivalent to being hung over. I don’t drink, so I wouldn’t know."
He added, "It was terrible. I kind of wish I had stayed awake." Gradually, he's been able to get back to a normal sleep schedule.
Shields said there will be one lasting benefit of doing this -- none of his friends will be able to whine to him about being tired.
"Nobody will be like, ‘I’m exhausted.' They just can’t say that to me anymore," he said.
The one question we need to ask Tyler: Why did you do it?