Died Awake

  • Season 3
  • Aired 08/22/2011
  • 3,229 Views

A guilt-ridden driver’s chronic insomnia gets infinitely worse after committing a hit and run, until he dies from a total lack of REM sleep.

LIKE 60 MILLIONOTHER AMERICANS,

JAMES HAD A BAD CASEOF INSOMNIA.

HE THOUGHT A NIGHTTIME DRIVE

MIGHT CLEAR HIS HEAD.

BUT AFTER NOT SLEEPING WELLFOR MONTHS,

HE WAS IN NO SHAPETO DRIVE.

AND THEN, IT HAPPENED.

- [gasps][crash]

[gasping]

announcer: HE NEVER STOPPED

UNTIL HE WAS BACKIN HIS OWN GARAGE.

WHERE HE WASHED AWAYALL TRACES OF HIS CRIME.

HIS GUILTY CONSCIENCEMADE HIS INSOMNIA WORSE.

BUT INSTEAD OF TURNING HIMSELFIN TO THE POLICE,

HE CHECKED INTOA SLEEP CLINIC.

- WE'RE GONNA GO AHEAD

AND MONITORYOUR HEART RATE, ALL RIGHT?

announcer: EVEN THE STRONGESTSEDATIVES HAD NO EFFECT,

BECAUSE JAMES WAS SUFFERINGFROM A RARE DISEASE

CALLEDFATAL FAMILIAL INSOMNIA.

- FATAL FAMILIAL INSOMNIA

IS ONE OF THE FIRSTOF THE DISEASES

THAT WE CALL PRION DISEASES.

THESE PRION DISEASES ATTACKTHE THALAMUS OF THE BRAIN.

announcer: THE DISEASE WASDESTROYING HIS THALAMUS,

AN AREA OF THE BRAIN

THAT CONTROLS SLEEP.

NIGHT AFTER NIGHT,HE LAY AWAKE IN HIS BED,

HALLUCINATING,

THE STRANGER HE KILLEDIN EVERY FACE HE SAW.

- THERE IS NO TREATMENTFOR FATAL FAMILIAL INSOMNIA,

AND SO FAR,WE HAVEN'T FOUND ANYBODY

THAT'S BEEN ABLETO RECOVER FROM IT.

SO IT IS IMPENDING DEATH.

WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER THE DEATHIS DUE TO THE FACT

THAT THEY CAN'T SLEEP

OR THE FACT THATTHEY CAN'T SLEEP

IS JUST ONE OF THE THINGSTHAT OCCURS.

announcer: AFTER TWO MONTHSOF NO SLEEP,

AFTER BEING HAUNTEDDAY AND NIGHT,

A MASSIVE STROKE PUT AN ENDTO HIS LIVING NIGHTMARE

AND SENT HIM TO THE HELLHE DESERVED.

- JAMES...JAMES...

CAN YOU HEAR ME?

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