I had always read about the importance of sleep and I was also fortunate that my relationship with sleep was a good one for many Years. However, my transition into motherhood changed this and living in a prolonged state of limited and fragmented sleep affected me in more ways than I had anticipated or realised at the time. Physically I was demotivated, lethargic and despite my efforts to lose weight and tone up, failing miserably. My cognitive abilities were impaired and this also affected my confidence. Once I recognised that sleep was contributing to some of the above, I developed some personal strategies to allow me to improve performance on those days where I'd had fragmented sleep.
The above is a reflection of my personal experience and I am sure everyone has a different one to me. I now don't take sleep for granted and place good quality, consistent sleep as one of my top priorities.