The past week has shown me the importance of getting a good night's sleep. I've had bouts of insomnia pretty much my whole life, and I've been hit hard by it recently, getting little to no sleep and then being exhausted all day.
The first couple of days weren't a terribly huge deal, but I really noticed a difference yesterday and today.
I'm having trouble focusing and am generally lethargic, and I've caught myself being more irritable and snapping at people, leading to apologies and feelings of guilt. Everything just seems really difficult, whether it is walking up the stairs to get to my computer at work or deciding what to eat for lunch.
I've also notice a big difference in my workouts. I find myself slowing down and struggling to complete workouts that usually give me no trouble. For example, I went to the gym for some strength training the other day and found myself having to use lighter weights than usual, and, even then, I had trouble completing my usual reps. Also, at last night's Chick's Night run, I just couldn't find my groove and had to run much slower than usual and really struggled during what is usually an easy five miles.
To make a long story short, sleep is important. Sleep has a big effect on your body and your mind. It can be the difference between a good day and a bad day. Right now I'm just waiting for sleep to return to me, and once it does, I will never take it for granted again.