Ever notice that, on the days you don't get enough sleep, you get off-balance easily? I get super clumsy--dropping things, making way more noise than I ever mean to, and my hip bones meet more countertop corners and doorknobs than is statistically possible. I get grumpy, sensitive, with about as much confidence as a slug in a salt mine.
That stuff? That's your clue, your test. Over-thinking, over-taxing in those moments will almost guarantee that you never find balance, good sleep or no.
I've started this habit and, I don't know, maybe it's akin to knocking on wood, but if I can't hold a balanced posture for more than thirty seconds (and breathe at the same time), then that's not the time for difficult decisions, conversations, or delicate work.
No, that's the time for hands-in-the-dirt, vacuuming-dusting-scrubbing, or tinkering-under-the-hood kind of work. Big work, hard work, non-thinking work.
Then try balance.
This is your test.