During WW1, a Hungarian man was shot in the frontal lobe, making it impossible for him to fall asleep. He continued to live a full, sleepless life for 40 years.
Sobify reported that a Hungarian man named Paul Kern spent 40 years of his life without even once going to sleep until the time he died.
Kern served as a government official on the Eastern Front in World War I in 1915. In the line of duty, he was shot in the head - the bullet piercing through his cranium and causing serious damage to his frontal lobe.
After being rescued, Kern received treatment in Lemberg and regained consciousness after the bullet was removed. From that point on, until his death in 1955, the man did not sleep a wink.
His curious condition made him the subject of several intense tests by brain and nerve specialists throughout Europe, but none could ever trace the trace just why his body no longer needed sleep.
"From the moment Mr Kern opened his eyes in Lemberg he did not slept; nor, indeed, did he express the slightest desire to do so."
- Dr. Frey, a noted professor that observed Kern for years.
Apart from the occasional headache, Kern's brain mysteriously did not require sleep as an essential form of rest - seeing as his work as a government administrator, which he continued doing after the incident, was never affected.
More than the lack of sleep, he reported that the many hours he spent awake in bed trying to lure sleep in, exhausted him more than staying awake.
Later, Kern began a routine of laying down and closing his eyes for 2 hours every day.
While he was completely alert and responsive during this time, experts think his brain was able to rest sufficiently for him to function seamlessly for the remainder of his active hours.