One Overlooked Factor That Will Get Preppers Killed


( – The whole goal of prepping is to be ready to survive the worst the world can serve up. For many preppers, the ultimate goal is to survive an end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) scenario in which society has collapsed and returned to a kill-or-be-killed mentality. Unfortunately, no amount of preparation will keep you alive in such an event if you can’t sleep.

In a world where sleeping could lead to the loss of supplies, or even your life, getting some shut-eye will no longer be an eight-hours-per-day convenience. To explain the realities of such a new normal, Canadian Prepper has created a video sharing some insights and tips. Take a look:

In the event of a catastrophic disaster—which many preppers fear may be looming on the horizon—the rules of the civilized world will go out the window. Desperate people will do horrible things to stay alive, or to keep their loved ones fed. This includes stealing from preppers who let their guard slip. To prevent these marauders from breaking in and robbing you blind—or worse—a vigilant watch will be required at all times. The problem is, no one can stay awake and alert all day, every day.

According to, sleep deprivation can cause a laundry list of issues that could seriously hamper anyone’s ability to survive this scenario, including:

  • Memory issues
  • Trouble thinking and concentrating
  • Mood changes
  • Increased risk for accidents
  • Poor balance

With prolonged sleep deprivation, the symptoms get worse. Hallucinations, anxiety, depression, and paranoia are all known to accompany long-term sleep deprivation—and all of these issues could be deadly in a post-collapse environment.

Getting sleep is important, but the likelihood of getting a full eight hours a day will be incredibly unlikely in TEOTWAWKI—at least all at once. In order to get enough sleep to stay functional, but not enter a deep sleep state in which you become unresponsive to the environment, a polyphasic sleep cycle may become necessary. This means getting sleep in shorter increments throughout the day.

Changing sleep patterns won’t come easy, but in the type of situation outlined here, it could save your life. Short, hour-long naps throughout the day will help prevent deep sleep, which is the goal.

A survival group can help offset this issue by scheduling watches to guard the designated stronghold. But even then, a large-scale assault against the group will need everyone to fend the attackers off. Embracing a polyphasic sleep routine will ensure the whole group is capable of waking and taking up arms at a moment’s notice.

To prepare for the absolute worst, one must be ready to adapt to any environment. Survival includes adjusting sleeping habits. To see how to ensure you’re alerted or awakened by potential intruders, check out our article on SHTF perimeter alarms.

Have you ever gone a long period of time deprived of sleep? If so, what was it like? Reply to your email and share your thoughts, we would love to hear from you!

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