I've been so unmotivated for the past week or so. Its taken every ounce of energy that I have just to get through the day. Everything feels like a chore - work, workouts, even socializing with friends. I've been more or less getting everything done, but it feels like I'm just going through the motions. I couldn't understand what why this was. Was it because its summer and I feel like I should be on vacation? Well yes. Is it because I'm in the middle of a major project at work? Well, yes that too, but work is always busy. So what was it?

A few weeks ago, at a blogger meet-up, Maritza told us about Sleep Cycle, an iPhone app that tracks your sleep. I think its the coolest thing so I've been using it every night since. The very first thing I do in the morning is to see what my graph looks like.


Well earlier this week, I read the chart more carefully and realized that for the past 18 nights I've averaged a total of 6 hrs and 41 minutes of sleep per night. Not good for someone who needs at least a solid 7 hours every night! No wonder I've been so grumpy.

Every weekday morning my alarm goes off at 4:45 am so that I can be awake and fed in time for a 6 am workout. This means to get at least 7 hours of sleep, I need to be out by 9:45 pm the night before. During the winter it was so easy for me to do this. But now that its summer, the days are longer and Giants games go until at least 10 pm, and I've been staying up a lot later than I should have.

According to the countless books, magazines and articles I've read, sleep is just as important as diet and exercise so as of last night I've committed to being lights out by 9 pm. No more staying up for "a few more minutes" to chat on the phone, or watch tv (that's what Tivo is for), or harvest my Farmville crops. Its not easy. I mean, right now its a little after 8 pm and the sun is still up, but my body will love me so much more when the cowbell goes off in the AM!