Today the very savvy Lindsey from Sisters to Sons is sharing 5 Healthy Habits for Sleep-Deprived People:
You know you are sleep-deprived when you and your husband agree that the ideal Saturday night would be going to bed at 8pm and sleeping the ENTIRE night through. Yeah. Not gonna happen anytime soon. And I don’t even have an infant anymore! But, when you become a parent, you also become a victim to sleepless nights. Whether you have midnight visitors (ahem, my 2 year old), or midnight anxiety about teenagers missing curfew, sleeping through the night seems like a very distant fantasy. It’s one of those things that you didn’t realize how great it was until it was gone. So what now? Before you break out the cucumbers to ease the bags under your eyes (which does feel great by the way), check out my healthy habits for sleep-deprived moms. Because even though we may not sleep enough, we still need to be on top of our game!
1. Go easy on the caffeine. I get it. You are desperate. You never knew tiredness could be so painful and the thought of a coffee IV drip has crossed your mind on more than one occasion. Indulge in your morning cup of joe, maybe even go crazy with 2 cups, but leave it at that. Too much caffeine could potentially interfere with the precious sleep you are actually getting. If you get tired in the afternoon eat an apple, take a multi-vitamin, or go outside for fresh air – instant pick-me-ups with no caffeine required.
2. Motherhood is physically exhausting, but that doesn’t mean you should skip your workout. I work out for the mental break. It is the only time of my day that I can complete a thought without being interrupted. If I don’t work out, my mind races at night with thoughts I was unable to process during the day. Go for a mind-clearing jog around the neighborhood. Oh, and the physical benefits are an added bonus!
3. Embrace the routine. Even when no two days ever seem to follow the same schedule, try to be consistent with bedtime. No, I am not talking about your kids (although they should have a set bedtime too)…..I am talking about YOU! Go to bed at the same time every night. The human body is an amazingly adaptable machine, but don’t mess with your natural rhythms. Like your kids, it is important for you to establish a sleeping routine. Imagine if you put your 3 year old to bed at 7 pm one night and 10 pm the next night expecting them to be up by 6:30am on both occasions. You would have a cranky kid on your hands. Same goes for you!
4. Consume with caution. Do yourself a favor by eating nutrient-rich foods that will sustain your energy instead of zapping it. Egg on a whole grain bread versus sugar coated blubbery muffin; Greek yogurt with fruit and almonds versus scraps of a jelly sandwich – catch my drift? It really isn’t rocket science – it’s just about making smarter choices.
5. Fake it. Yes, that’s right. Trick yourself into feeling bright-eyed by dressing the part. Loafing around in sweatpants all day will certainly secure your zombie status. Get showered, get dressed, put on some under eye concealer and a little make up and when you look in the mirror and think, “Damn I look good! (or at least not half as tired as I feel……)”, you might, just might feel a little more alive.
Lindsey is a former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home-mom to three beautiful boys under the age of 4. Her blog, Sisters to Sons, chronicles her sometimes humorous, sometimes serious take on motherhood with small doses of her favorite finds, fashion, family-friendly recipes, home decor… and a few crafts (but not many and not the super messy ones). You can also find Lindsey on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.