4 hours of sleep
I don't think I've ever felt so mentally challenged as I did the previous week with an average of 4.5 hours of sleep a night. At the end of the no-sleep-marathon, I was emotionally exhausted yet sensitive to all things. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. On the flip side, it's demonstrated how crucial it is to have a support system in place when completing a doctorate. As draining as it was, no matter how many delirious thoughts, or uncontrollable bouts of negative thinking--I was able to get through everything with optimism and a level of mental health I've never seen in myself before. It was the constant reminders that "I had this" and "I always make it work" that reminded me I'm doing and capable of completing any task at hand. I almost gave in and asked for an extension but found the strength to rally and pull through. So...perhaps my case is extreme--but this is doable.