How long can one survive on 4 or less hours of sleep everyday?

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Registered: 01-06-2012
How long can one survive on 4 or less hours of sleep everyday?
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Fri, 03-23-2012 - 9:03am
Hello Everyone! My DD is 12 week old and I have been exclusively pumping since her birth due to latching issues. I will be resuming work next week and have been practicing this week to send my DD to day care. I do not get much help from DH because of his work and our living arrangement, etc. Even without actually going to work, I am, at the maximum getting only 4 hours of sleep a day. Can't imagine how much less sleep I will get after going back to work. Currently, DD is sleeping from last feeding (midnight-ish) to 6 AM-ish and I hope she continues to not wake at night! I am sure everyone faces some sort of difficulties as Epingers....I am wondering how long can one survive with less than 4 hours of sleep everyday. Plus I also need my brain to function at work :( I am down to only 4 pumps a day, sad, but I stay on the pump for at least an hour or more each time and make sure they are drained. Any experiences to share? Any thoughts? Thanks!
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Registered: 10-14-2010
You poor thing--you need more sleep! Is it possible to add in a pump or 2 during the day and shorten the pumps a little (you can't be hooked up for 6hrs a day! usually the guideline is that you need a total of 2 hours), and cut out your night one now that you have hit 12 weeks? I know that depends on whether your work is pumping friendly or not, although there are laws that protect your right to pump as often as you need to. If your daughter is sleeping and you are not pumping, you should at least be able to sleep midnight to 6, right? And I know you said it's hard for DH to help, but is he getting more hours of sleep than you? If yes, maybe some accommodations could be made to sacrifice a little of his sleep to get you a little more. Some people's bodies are really good at compensating for lack of sleep for a while, but at least according to the sleep class I took in college, you can't do that long term without sacrificing mental clarity and feeling unhappy after a while. I hope that you can find a way to get at least a little more sleep. There are lots of sacrifices that go along with being a mom, but you need to be functional and have your basic needs met if you are going to meet the needs of another.

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Registered: 04-14-2011

Can you move any of your pumps into when you will be driving or when you are at work?