The point I'm trying to make is that there is nothing that can prepare you for such levels of sleep deprivation. New parents will agree that there are times where you feel so tired, you could happily fall asleep on a bed of nails whilst giving Jabba the Hut a piggy back.
This week on Radio 4, Today's Sarah Montague presented a half hour exploration of the health risks of working these unsociable hours. Getting up to present the BBC's flagship radio news programme at 0330 was her inspiration.
If you have tried every trick in the bedtime book and your offspring is still wide awake then maybe it is time to call it a day, well, a night! Take yourself and your little one into another room. Watch TV, have a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Enjoy your baby, enjoy being with your partner and calm the hell down!
From showing the world how stoic you are by putting in so much overtime and working at weekends, the new, smarter way to work is to improve your work/life balance, starting from looking after your sleep.
Several years ago my penchant for sleep and the accompanying lethargy had got so bad I went to see my doctor. I felt there was obviously something wrong with me physically as I struggled to get from one hour to the next.
If you co-sleep when you do not want to co-sleep, but your baby makes you co-sleep, then your night may go a little something like this. Although for your sake, I hope that it does not.
In my case, sleep deprivation is a feature of life, as I try to help my son get a good night's sleep. I know that when I get in to bed I will probably be up in an hour's time, and sometimes not get back to my own bed at all before having to go to work.
People don't talk about sleep problems, because they're embarrassed; they've accepted it as a perpetual part of their lives and others might treat it as a triviality or selfish indulgence that you choose to yield to - you've made your bed, so now you (can't) lie in it.
Picture the scene, it's 4am, you've had forty minutes sleep in three bouts since 5am yesterday and over the crackly monitor comes the familiar half coughed cry just as your head hits the pillow...
As they grow, there are good runs and bad runs. Over winter it doesn't end, this relay of broken nights. They begin with sickness and end with sickness, the washing machine spins constantly, the soundtrack to dark.
Traveling is like childbirth, after a while you forget the pain and want to do it all over again. In the last twelve months I've circumnavigated the globe twice - zigzagging my way from LA to Sydney, Miami and LA then onto Cannes, Paris, London and Dubai.
Sleep can: help you lose weight, improve how well exercise works, delay the ageing process, reduce inflammatory markers (helps us avoid pesky illnesses like colds), reduce chronic pain, heal you and make you feel happy and sane, not to mention what it does for your intelligence and productivity. And it's free!
I am not a network specialist involved in building the IoT, but I know enough about technology to be able to imagine some of the implications of the IoT as it grows. However, I keep on hearing "experts" on radio and TV using the fridge example to describe the IoT.
I have had many periods of sleep deprivation during my life, including eight months with my first child; three with my second; a very stressful period at University; living with noisy neighbours and finally marrying a snorer!
Their problems are simple - too much time at work, little or no respite from screens and not enough sleep. In both cases, they were taking 'slices' off their sleep to try to get more work done and in the process had plummeted into exhaustion and mental illness.
If you buy a car, it has usually been serviced so it runs wonderfully smoothly for a while. And we so enjoy it when our car drives effortlessly. When it develops a problem, a fault, which the things we use do, we take it to the garage where an expert fixes it