My observations: Andre and Chloe are the best companions with each other when they are both not hungry or tired. But when they are tired or hungry, they get grumpy and will be less patient with each other and starts to argue or fight over minor things.
It was this morning when I thought of it that I recalled that it is not just children who will be grumpy when they are hungry or tired. Even grown ups will too. You will never know until you experience it yourself.
I had the privilege to serve my country in the elite force of the army. And in my unit, I have seen, felt and learnt a lot. There were lots of days, where my buddies and I were wet, cold, tired, hungry and thirsty all at the same time. There were possibly equal amount of days that we were hot, dry (sometimes drenched in sweat), hungry, tired and thirsty.
Even though all these feelings are so different, they have one thing in common – They all tell you that you are still alive!! Now don’t get me wrong, it is not like you have not been alive and living, its just that it is when you are actually feeling these feelings that you will fully appreciate life and what you have on a normal decent day in your civilian life. That is when you know that you are very much alive feeling the hungry, fatigue or extreme temperatures, and yearn to continue to be alive and promising to live your life to the fullest after the training or ordeal.
You probably will see how movie directors and actors are trying so hard to depict these feelings in the characters of war movies, castaway movies, based on true story military movies and true-story survival ordeal documentaries. But nothing can compared to when you physically feel it yourself. That is so much more real!
Even after reading this post, you might not even fully understand why I am writing this, but those who went through the trainings that I went through will probably nod their heads as they are reading this, and some will possibly have a flash back into their days of feeling the extremes.
So what are the effects that I observed?
Behavioral Effects Of Hunger On Grown Men
Fortunately, I have not seen extreme hunger in my lifetime yet, so I have nothing to say on that.
– Fairly light hunger (missed one proper meal up to ~ 6 hours): grumpy, slow in doing routine things, not wanting to talk.
– Intermediate hunger (missed two proper meal up to ~ 12 hours): even more sluggish, not wanting to do anything but look for food.
Behavioral Effects Of Thirst On Grown Men
Dehydration can kill faster than hunger can. And in hot climates, your immediate survival depends on your water intake more than any other elements that I am discussing in this post. I personally went through the worst thirst ordeal ever in the 42 degree Celsius hot-as-hell Thailand. The thirst and desire for gallons of fresh water made me do things that I wouldn’t normally do. I took without asking. I also thought I was a human Swiss-Army knife.
I was looking for fresh drinkable water for hours to no avail, then I saw some sugar cane plants. With no knife or machete, I was trying all ways and means to break the sugarcane off the plant. Tried using sharp stones, karate chops, hoping to make the job neater but eventually I resorted to using my feet/boots to break the canes. It was a mess and I didn’t get a lot of water from it. I decided to stop.
– Dehydration/thirst: hallucination, desperate to do almost anything just to get drinkable water.
Behavioral Effects Of Fatigue On Grown Men
Now this is something that is very common felt during training. In a real world situation, we will never know how bad situation requires us to stay awake for. So during our training, it was good that we at least went through sleepless nights.
– staying up for over 24 hrs: you will possibly feel very numb by it, and actually feels that you can go on, but your response/reaction reflex is already slower by at least 20%. You might not be able to do slightly advanced mental arithmetic. May get hungry much more easier.
– staying up for over 48 hrs with some naps in between: waking up and staying awake after a cat nap is pretty difficult. You would choose to sleep more than eating even if you are very hungry. Easily disorientated, lost sense of direction, may hallucinate.
Again fortunately, I did not have to go to 72 hrs of sleep deprivation. But I have seen grown men with limited sleep past 72 hrs and up to 96 hrs. All I can say was that, these men seems very cheerful and happy when they were deprived of sleep that long. They were awake, but not sure if they could make a lot of sense in what they were doing at the particular moment.
Behavioral Effects Of Temperatures On Grown Men
During my service period, I was able to travel to other countries to train and I must say, it is a very good training practice to do so, as the training area is a lot larger, the climate can be a bit more extreme (compared to Singapore) and the terrains were more realistic.
– Cold: shivers, constantly thinking of hot drinks, unable to perform simple tasks at times, brain freeze, cannot feel fingers nor toes as much, grown men lying so close to each other just to stay warm, digs a hole and starts a fire when you are not supposed to. Wondering if you are going to freeze to death, and thinking aloud inside, saying you rather it be hot than cold.
– Hot: sweating profusely until the point when you do not sweat at all, lethargic, frustrating, constantly looking for a cooler place to be in, starts to curse and swear and says you rather it be cold than hot… (yea, that’s what happens.)
I suppose people behaves differently outside their comfort zones, and how they react to it will depends on how well they can cope with the situation.
There is no wonder that, I have heard many times,
True friends are made/will unfold themselves in times of distress and extreme conditons.
You want to know who are your true friends are, go to a 5 days, 4 nights boot camp or extreme survival course with your friends..
If you have been nodding and agreeing with my points, I am guessing that you have found a good bunch of true friends because you went through a lot of situations, whereby all of you were not in your comfort zones.
To those who are my true good friends because you gave me the best of you when you were outside your comfort zones. I salute you! FHAG!