Russian Sleep Experiment: Real or Hoax?

A terrifying tale recounts the story of a 1940's Russian sleep experiment in which five people were kept awake for fifteen days, followed by a horrifying chain of events. Is this story real or fake?

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The story is a work of fiction.

The short fictional work entitled The Russian Sleep Experiment was originally posted in 2010 on the website CreepyPasta.com. This website is self-described as “a collection of various paranormal/scary short stories.”

Synopsis

Russian researches gave political prisoners a gas-based stimulant to keep them awake for 15 days as part of a scientific experiment. The subjects were sealed and monitored, with the false promise of freedom if they could successfully avoid sleeping for 30 days. Strange behavior by the prisoners in the early days of the experiment was blamed on the gas, but the subjects began displaying increasingly unusual behavior as their time in the chamber continued. Halfway through the experiment, the subjects appeared to calmly embrace their bleak conditions, despite horrifying circumstances within. After being briefly removed, the remaining subjects were ordered back in the chamber along with three researchers, but one of the researchers refused and demanded answers, killing his commander and the remaining test subjects.

This photo has been passed around with the Russian Sleep Experiment story.

This photo has been passed around with the Russian Sleep Experiment story.

The conclusion of the story reads,

He pointed his gun at the remaining subject, still restrained to a bed as the remaining members of the medical and research team fled the room. “I won’t be locked in here with these things! Not with you!” he screamed at the man strapped to the table. “WHAT ARE YOU?” he demanded. “I must know!”

The subject smiled.

“Have you forgotten so easily?” The subject asked. “We are you. We are the madness that lurks within you all, begging to be free at every moment in your deepest animal mind. We are what you hide from in your beds every night. We are what you sedate into silence and paralysis when you go to the nocturnal haven where we cannot tread.”

The researcher paused. Then aimed at the subject’s heart and fired. The EEG flatlined as the subject weakly choked out, “So… nearly… free…”

Origins

Although the story above is a work of fiction, stories of unethical 1940′s Russian experiments are not without precedence. It is possible that The Russian Sleep Experiment may have been influenced by historic events.

The film Experiments in the Revival of Organisms depicts 1940′s medical experiments by Soviet researchers which are shocking to the modern viewer, such as a decapitated dog head being kept alive by a machine.

A more modern example is The Stanford Prison Experiment from 1971 in which volunteers lived in a mock prison. It led to psychological collapses in some volunteers and a hunger strike by others.

Bottom Line

The 1940′s “Russian Sleep Experiment” is a work of fiction posted on CreepyPasta.com back in 2010. It could have been influenced by historic events such as 1940′s medical experiments by Soviet researchers or other questionable studies such as The Stanford Prison Experiment.

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  • Kayla

    Thank goodness for that! It’s one of the most horrifying things I have ever read, and I’ve read pretty extensively on WWII concentration camp events!

  • Lily

    THANK YOU! :D my older brother is a prick he asked me to listed to the story on youtube and I’ve been looking over my shoulder for days. Such a weight of my mind.

    • chrissy

      I know I am horrified here. Thank heavens for this truth brought to life.

  • Sharon love

    This story horrified me to my soul & the pic with the creepy ass mask on, was crazy creepy & glad to know this is fiction!!! I think this should be made into a movie!! It would be one of the scariest movies ever!!

  • carl joe

    thank goodness though it would make a good weapon and your right sharon it would be a good movie ripped his skin of omg

  • Tommy

    I really can’t believe this obvious glass. I am a life long insmoniac and had terrible bouts of sleeplessnes of and on all my life and I believe it had a huge impact on my personality and my difficulties in school. However,in October of 2000 I.suddenly stopped sleeping at all.Absolutely unable to fall.asleep.even for a few minutes.I tried everything I could,sleep aids, alcohol, meditation, herbs,such as chamomile,valerian,lavender.Nothing worked at all.I was awake five.days before I started having some psychological difficulties. Agitation,aural and visual disturbances.As another couple of of days passsed things got worse, I slipped intoa psychotic state of mind,I was completely unable.to make sense of my environment. Ultimately I went for twelve days no sleep whatsoever. On the twelfth day.I began having seizures and breaking into ice cold sweats. This is when I finally was taken to the local hospital. Although I had been deprived of sleep for twelve days I didn’t experience anything like the alleged soviet experiment. Ultimately my condition was diagnosed as Hashimotos syndrome and now I take a thyroid pill and have had to take a daily anti anxiety me in order to sleep

    • Mike Transkey

      Dude just let him have his fun with telling people lies. How do you feel about this hoax?

    • piti

      Btw since i dont know how to edit:
      I don’t necessarily think that you are lying about your sleep problem and hope you’ll find a good solution to it. But i just can’t stand the twelve days part.^^

    • Metuha

      The world record is 18 days, recorded in 1977. Randy Gardner was the longest to remain awake under an experiment with no chemicals.
      He may not be lying at all.

  • lorenzo

    i really do beleave this story, it kind of sounds like there trying to cover it up …… but that is my opinion :/

    • Graves

      No, you’re just a gullible moron.

      • John Baker

        I admire a man who tells it like it is. :-)

        This story is impossible on the face of it. The horrific injuries the prisoners are described as having inflicted on themselves would simply not be survivable.

  • piti

    Besidse from being a fictional story it has realy some realism in it. Maybe not the parts with organs and veins stripped out, but the part with the things the test objects said.
    Many of the stuff could be caused through psychosis or stuff like that.
    The sleep depression would do that to people. Or even the Gas, from we dont know anything. The test objects seem to be addicted to it in that story and if this gas does that it implies that it is psychoactive and people can get addicted to it and also it would be realistic if it leads to psychosis because nearly every drug in high doses can do that.
    I saw the video on Youtube and because i didnt know that this is defacto a nicely written horror tale i asked myself if that could be true till the organ part. :D
    And for the posts about filmstory;
    I could imagine a nice Zombitale out of that. :D

  • Jon Smith

    I don’t believe the story is real personally but if you are going to try and convince others you should show some kind of evidence. All you have is your opinion, the article, and the name of a website that posted it. Who is to say if the story was true and posted by the site because it was similar to other stories they post.

  • Franklin S.

    It was real you are crazy. You will live you life thinking that a bad date in time is really a fictional story!!!!

  • piti

    It is clearly stated on several pages that this IS fiction.

  • piti

    And again since i don’t know how to edit:
    It is even written on the top of the Page.

  • Izz

    I knew it! I already noticed that the picture was fake and the story contains alot of failures. Beside of this, the experiments with the dog were real.

  • Harley Camron

    I died when I listed to this ( I saw it on youtube at 10:00 in the night ). I didn’t sleep the whole rest of the night, and didn’t take a shower because I was afraid the last creepy guy would pop out of the drain and chomp my foot. I know, stupid but I have been paranoid all my 11 years. It is the biggest relief ever to know this is fake. I could hear all night long as I ” slept ” the one dudes voice in the corner of my room from where strange noises emerge at all hours of the night, the loudest being in demon hour, 3:00 in the am hours.

  • Andrei

    Same with me

  • Subject #4

    I tried this experiment at my house. Before the sixth day, I was ripping out my organs and eating them like ice cream birthday cake. On day eight, I couldn’t stop pooping everywhere; It didn’t bother me rolling around and laughing in my own feces, and I was able to paint the walls of my concealment. Day ten, I gauged my eyeballs from the pockets of my face, they dangled from my face and kept going into my mouth as I tried to eat. The worst part was day fourteen; an appendage fell off my body, and it wasn’t my arms or legs. I’m perfectly fine now, just with a few body impairments.

  • shaun jones

    it is most likely false but i have taken heavy doses of psychedelic drugs and speed over the course of 4 consecutive days and some of the things i saw were trippy and great at first but by day 3 to 4 i was hallucinating shapes and people that were not there, i barricaded myself into my apartment cos i could visualy see different entities that were lurking outside,i know this is weird but but i saw thundercat like people outside,heard noises that made no sense and that was just the tip of the iceberg,we dont know what these people were gassed with so after my experience after only 4 days i cant say what so called happened with the russian sleep deprivation is a lie,plus these 5 people were told they would be freed if they stayed awake for 30 days, big incentive, maybe self mutilation was the only way for them to stop themselves from sleeping and the gas they were given could have been some kind of anesthetic based psychedelic gass like angel dust that allowed them to do the things that they so called done

  • Nolan

    of course its fake its a CREEPYPASA people make this stuff up to scare you its supposed to be realistic to see if you are stupid or not (no offence im sorry)

    • christine

      it’s offense not offence stupid, sorry.

  • WhatMoreCanISay

    I didn’t sleep for three days once. That combined with smoking weed caused me to have sleep paralysis with hallucinations. Scariest shyt I’ve ever experienced. My kids were out of state with my parents and I heard them clear as days yelling and laughing downstairs. Then I heard them running up the stairs. The footsteps got louder and louder as if they were really there. I was lying in bed with my eyes open but I couldn’t move. I was staring at the door scared as hell. I was thinking if I see my kids in the doorway I’m gonna have a heart attack. I heard them up until the doorway then fear snapped me out of it I guess. I went to sleep after that.

  • kellar

    All though this is meant to be by KGB officials and the gas was called nikolayev gas it never says the components of the gas and the people who ran the experiment so it has to be fake

    • John Baker

      Not to mention that no human could survive the injuries the prisoners allegedly inflicted on themselves.

  • enactogen

    they should make a movie out of this..