The Sleep of a New Father

A labor retrospective presented with the sleep biometrics of a first-time father

Elliott was born at 3:50 am on March 1st, eleven days after his due date. This being my first pregnancy experience, I had concerns about my ability to function through a prolonged labor. I track my sleep year-round because I do not “sleep enough”, so this claim may seem odd. However, waiting on the birth of your child is exhausting. I participate in triathlons, and the closest analog to pre-delivery is the jitters and anxiety that fill the 24 hours prior to the start of an event. Except that with labor, the start time is hidden. How much energy can I expend in the day, if epic labor may commence in the night?