Four out of five days a week, I usually lag in the morning or feel rushed just because I want to get that extra 10 minutes of sleep in.
Since I play soccer in St Louis, I get used to the two-way, one-hour drive three nights a week. I often forget how it affects the amount of sleep I get. My team practices from 6:45 pm until 8:15 pm. Having an hour drive to practice and an hour drive coming home from practice is rough, but I have come to the conclusion that I just have to deal with it.
I normally don’t get home until 9:15 pm. Then, I eat dinner, take a shower, and end my night with at least an hour or more of homework. Most nights, I don’t get to bed until 11:30 pm or midnight. I usually am pretty crabby if I don’t get at least 8 hours of sleep, but lately I've been getting 8 hours or less.
Having at least one to two extra hours of sleep could help tremendously. As my busy schedule will not slow down anytime soon, I need to start learning to take something out of my day so I can hit the hay a little bit earlier than normal. Making this a habit will be hard, but in the end I know it will help me physically and mentally throughout the day.