Making adjustments to sleep schedules can be difficult. Using dark/black out curtains when you go to bed and supplementing with vit D, ZMA, and Omega 3’s/fish oil all seem to have a pretty high “bang for your buck” success rate. If you don not currently do so, you may want to consider it.
For days when you are tired both physically and mentally I think the Spike tablets Biotest sells are fantastic. They work far, far better than anything legal has a right to and they do not seem to cause jitters, or a “cloudy” kind of energy unlike most energy drinks. I would absolutely order some. I would not want to make them a daily ritual(no health reasons as much as just “needing” them every day is a sign of other issues), having a few Spike tabs available for days where you are dragging seems like a good bet. I think I recall you are a Sheriff’s Deputy now. If so, than that may be a job where the consequences of being mentally and physically “off” can be higher than others.
RE: Training when tired
First, I am on record with saying that you don’t learn much in terms of new technique or information when you are exhausted. However, you can absolutely keep your existing skills sharp and this is important. Even verty brief, solo exercises for 20 minutes each day can do wonders. The idea is to get a few reps of “key” or “fundamental” movements.
As far as making organized training classes, I consider 2X a week to be a reasonable “minimum” to shoot for. Just adjust your expectations to being Miss Parker-student, as opposed to Miss Parker-instructor/ bad ass role-model for every woman in the school. If you have to function as an instructor to the class, that is a bit different.
IF you are dead on your feet, AND you can train it is fine to do so. The big question I would ask myself is “Will this training make anyone but me more miserable(husband/family) or put others and myself at risk because I will not be able to do what is needed at work?” I have had jobs where being exhausted or hung over really wasn’t that big a deal. I have also drawn pay where being less than crisp was borderline dangerous and certainly unethical. You are going to have to judge your own situation there.
Now, in the interest of comedy:
I am not buying it. Didn’t you just start work as an LEO. I am guessing you just haven’t acclimated to the off-duty alcohol consumption yet. The answer, as with most things, can be found in Archer:
Also, sometimes reading can be good for relaxation. A woman was telling me how amazing this book called “50 Shades of Grey” was. I couldn’t be bothered to look up what it is about, but it sounds like it has to do with light/refraction so she probably figured out I like science-fiction novels. There is even an audio version if that helps: