I know sleep is important. But I also know that I can run fine off of six hours of sleep a night. At least that’s what I thought.

A combination of sleeping only three to six hours a night, not eating a good breakfast with iron and protein (very important for a vegan) and hitting my head on a locker a couple weeks ago left me in pretty rough shape.

Doing freelance work as a journalist, I always have dozens of things on my to-do list and multiple places to go a day. So passing out from exhaustion and not taking proper care of myself is not okay. It’s not professional. It’s not healthy. But it is a good wake-up call.

I’ve come to a point where I’m so busy I need to schedule sleep into my life. So starting this week, I’m going to make sure to be in bed by 9:00 p.m. every night with an iron and protein packed smoothie waiting for me in the fridge when Working Titles wakes me up on my phone at 4:30 a.m.

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