I’ve always been someone who needed my eight hours of sleep, but I’ve also always been a person who got it.  Come nine or ten pm, I’d just fall asleep and sleep great through the night.  But over the past year, my sleep habits have changed.  I don’t sleep well anymore. 

It’s something I’ve been working on, but since I am also a morning exerciser, I’ve sometimes had to choose between sleep and exercise, both of which are extremely important.  When I go to bed at night and set the alarm, I regularly find myself choosing between an extra hour of sleep or getting up to workout.  It’s not an easy decision for me.  Lack of sleep can make me cranky, but so can lack of exercise.

Lately, I’ve been choosing sleep over exercise.  It’s a hard decision, but I can’t do anything well if I’m tired.  As someone who exercises for fun and professionally this is a exercise in humility.