Every parent, especially new parents, knows the reality of sleep deprivation, but none quite so much as the new mom. Let's face it, even in households where both parents are contributing; moms just seem to be the ones who sleep less and are up more with the kids during the night. It just seems to be how it goes. Moms seem to have mastered the art of functioning on less sleep than everyone else in the house because we simply have to. Not only are new moms sleeping less, but they're also doing so while dealing with a body recovering from actually having a baby, which could include all sorts of fun things like stitches and hemorrhoids and blocked milk ducts.
BuzzFeed staff member Ryan Bergara decided to do an experiment to see what would happen if he only got five hours of sleep a night for a week and moms everywhere are unimpressed. After all, most moms of babies and toddlers are lucky to get 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night regularly!
Still, Bergara documented his journey in an article on the site that has most women wondering how something like this is newsworthy. After all, many, many moms have lived off five hours sleep or less daily for years on end, because that's often just part of being a mom!
"If you're like most of the population, you probably sleep in what's called a ‘monophasic pattern,’ which means you do all your sleeping in one 7- to 8-hour chunk," Bergara began his post. We feel like Bergara doesn't know a lot of moms, because not a lot of moms of babies or toddlers are getting anywhere close to 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep! That kind of sounds like an unimaginable bliss, actually!
Bergara decided to sleep for just under five hours every night and have two 20 minute naps during the day, which is also something that most moms don't have time for. What makes the article so amazing though is that Bergara couldn't even handle sleeping for 5 hours a day for one week!
We think it's safe to say that Bergara is probably not a parent (although we’re not sure) because after two days he was already struggling with his sleep deprivation. "Day 1 and Day 2 were especially hard for me," he wrote. "By Day 2, it was hard to get the energy to work out or complete daily functions."
Moms everywhere are shaking their head wondering who has time to work out anyway?! He stated that by days 5 and 6 things “started to get weird.” He said he had trouble focusing and got an uncontrollable case of the giggles. By the end of the week, he needed to get more sleep because he just couldn't handle it.
We all know that sleep deprivation is real and has a real impact on how you can function during the day, but we also know that moms are expected to deal with this every single day while they're taking care of the family and their home and doing all the stuff that needs to get done. Sure we would all function better in our daily lives with a solid 7-8 hours of sleep a night, but that just isn't a reality for many moms. Sadly, for many women, sleeping 5 hours a night isn't an experiment, it's just life.