I'm starting to get fed up. I had very mild contractions from 7am yesterday,then they started getting serious around 11pm - just as I went to bed! I've managed to get maybe 2 hours sleep in 15 minute bursts since then and I'm so sleepy. The contractions are really painful now but only every 10 minutes or so and only lasting about 40 seconds. I'm trying to keep moving, but I'm so tired. What are other people's experiences of the first stage and how long it goes on for?