Man's 'drastic' sleep challenge has parents rolling their eyes

"By day seven, I couldn't handle it anymore and had to cave and get some extra sleep."

Sleep deprivation is very real for parents everywhere. For some more than others.

Which is probably why so many parents have reacted so aggressively to a sleep experiment which is doing the rounds again.

The experiment is undertaken by Ryan Bergara from BuzzFeed. He followed a method of sleeping known as Polyphasic sleeping, where sleep is broken up into multiple phases in the day. Specifically, he took on the 'Everyman' schedule, which consists of four-and-a-half hours of sleep at night and two 20-minute naps during the day. That's a total of just over five hours of sleep in a 24-hour period.

Image: YouTube/BuzzFeed.

Look familiar? Image: YouTube/ BuzzFeed .

"Day 1 and Day 2 were especially hard"

Clearly Bergara doesn't have the advantage of experiencing a baby with the sleeping pattern of a possum with a toothache, because it only took one day to affect him...

"Day 1 and Day 2 were especially hard for me," Bergara wrote for BuzzFeed . "By Day 2, it was hard to get the energy to work out or complete daily functions."

He reports having "a serious case of the giggles" by day five and a lack of the ability to focus.

And like any non-parent smacked in the face with a sudden lack of sleep, Bergara lasted a whopping five days.

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For those who have become accustomed to the unrelenting torture of lost and/or broken sleep, five days is a very poor effort.

Consider us parents who don't have the luxury of deciding when our sleep experiment ends. Instead we're at the mercy of our adorable little offspring who would much rather sleep horizontally in the middle of us parents, kicking like a mule on steroids.

In fact, an expect five hours of sleep is something of a parenting goal for some of us.

Image: YouTube/BuzzFeed.

Bergara made it just seven days. Image: YouTube/ BuzzFeed .

"That's cute"

On the Facebook post, parents didn't hold back and we can almost feel the rumble of millions of eyeballs rolling in response to Bergara's failure at getting through even one week on parent-style sleep.

"Parents with babies: That's cute," commented one person.

Another added, "And all the moms reading this laughed and laughed..."

"I feel like I speak for every parent when I say "Oh, honey, bless your little heart," wrote another.

"As someone who works 13-hr night shifts and also has a seven-month-old baby I kind of judge this guy for losing his GD (god damn) mind after a couple of days of five-hour night sleeps. That's cute, kid," wrote one exhausted mama.

Set up a "gratitude circle" every night at dinner. Go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were generous and kind to each of you that day. It may sound corny, but it makes everyone feel good.

One even volunteered for the experiment of sleeping 10-12 hours a day (step aside, lady!).

There were too many comments welcoming Bergara to 'motherhood' and belittling him for his ability to pull the plug at any time (yeah, we're jealous of that bit too!).

It wasn't all angry mums and sleep-deprived parents either.

There were comments from emergency workers, oil rig workers, medical professionals and those working in the military.

Insomniacs chimed in: "Not just parents: And all the insomniacs cried 'AMATEUR!'"