May 16, 2013. Once you go back before the 1800s, sleep starts to look a lot different. Religious manuals included special prayers to be said in the mid-sleep hours. But next time you wake up at 2 AM and can't sleep, just remember your. Maybe you CAN survive without sleep…but you don’t HAVE to. I spent 3 years with a baby who didn’t sleep. I stayed awake all night reading…