Do People Actually Die in Their Sleep ... Without Ever Waking?
October 25, 2004 7:50 AM Subscribe
Can people actually die in their sleep, without first waking up with the pain or surprise of the sudden crisis that lead to their death? What are the chances? [More inside.
posted by MiguelCardoso to science & nature (23 answers total)
I'm aware that died in his/her sleep is often a euphemism but is it always so? Imagine a fully conscious human being, not drugged beyond a sleeping pill or two. Is it possible to go to sleep and die without waking up? My totally ignorant and unmedical hunch is that whatever kills you is important enough to jolt you into wakefulness, if only for a moment. Many thanks for any informed advise or less scientifically unsupported opinions.