Something I've kept encountering during my PGCE is people anxious to tell me just how hard they had to work when they were training. Fine, teacher training is hard work and a little solidarity helps a lot, but I can't help feeling some of these stories are a little suspect. "Through my training and NQT year, I got used to functioning on 3 hours sleep every night". "I got by on one hour!" "I didn't sleep for two years solid and patented revolutionary time bending technology in order to get the extra hour per day needed to make my lesson plans as good as possible. What, you haven't done that? I suppose some people just don't care enough". Of those, two are actual quotes and one pretty much a summary of how the whole thing feels. Following more reasoned conversations with colleagues, mentors and tutors, I've come to understand the following: - The real issue here is time management. Hardcore levels of sleep deprivation is not a sign of efficiency. - No-one is any good to anyone on 3 hours sleep (much less 1), at least not as a matter of course. Maybe in case of the odd emergency. - Whatever a quality teacher who positively inspires their pupils looks like, it probably isn't a zombified version of Malcolm McDowell in the shock treatment scenes from "A Clockwork Orange". My point is, for anyone reading this who's just embarked on a course, teacher training is hard, really hard, and let no-one tell you otherwise. But beware of taking the macho war stories at face value.