I already asked this on Medicine SE and Chemistry SE, but both said this question is dangerous and they can't answer it, and on Chemistry I got a suggestion to ask this here again.

It is for a RPG campaing. Are there any options that an evil person could use to keep someone awake against their will? Like a gas, an injection, or any substance or simple practice that wouldn't allow them to sleep even if they wanted to?

If any costs are involved, I would like to know the most cheap and viable ways to achieve this.

Furthermore, if there is a way for the victim to be be unaware of why they can't sleep, I would like to know that too.

The technology context is 80's decade, in real world and the purpose is a that a organization want to make some experiments about the consequences of sleep privation, especially if there is a point when allucinations begin.

  • $\begingroup$ To prevent the question being closed as being off-topic, you would need to provide some world-building context. (Also your question as it stands seems to be story-based). Can you tell us about the technology level of your world and how this might relate to the population as a whole? VTC Story-Based, until you can edit to clarify. Could could look- into the help center to get the hang of how we work and take the tour. Then read about questions on-hold. $\endgroup$ – A new normal. Feb 4 at 1:48
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    $\begingroup$ You can go and watch Clockwork Orange... best example that comes to mind. $\endgroup$ – user72081 Feb 4 at 1:56
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    $\begingroup$ I think this may need to go to Chemistry Stack Exchange or Medicine Stack Exchange as it is a real-world question without any worldbuilding or hypothetical aspect. $\endgroup$ – SRM Feb 4 at 2:09
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    $\begingroup$ @castlewrks Having to take care of a child between 0 and 3 years of age is more effective than the things they do in that movie. $\endgroup$ – Renan Feb 4 at 2:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Renan, been there done that... the OP question does not indicate the evil person would have a menagerie of children for torture purposes. $\endgroup$ – user72081 Feb 4 at 2:48


Haloperidol has a dark history of being used in torture The Soviet government would administer this drug, which is normally used to treat psychiatric disorders, but when used in greater concentrations causes intense restlessness and uncontrollable shaking.


Adrenaline has been used many times during torture to prevent people from passing out, or to bring them back for more fun!


It’ll really keep you awake and it’s a must have for all Latin American dictators and cartels!


Cheaper than cocaine.

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