Sleep??? Foreign to moms, right? I can't even remember the last time I've slept through the night (until recently). Lack of sleep, of course leads to lack of energy, something we all desperately need. I would like to share with you what has helped me get more sleep and increase my energy levels. I would also love to hear what has worked for you. How do you find the energy to deal with the daily demands of motherhood?
Well, first of all, you gotta get the baby's sleeping through the night. Something I wasn't familiar with until, oh, about a week ago. I finally gave into the Ferber's method, better known as "crying it out", something I feared for along time, and never even tried with my first. I now have my 8 month old baby, sleeping through the night. That's what I call "heaven on earth". I never knew it could be this nice. If you have all your kids sleeping through the night, and you simply have a hard time falling asleep, I would highly recommendYou can get it right here on www.vitacost.com for around $5
I absolutely love this stuff!!! It's not a drug, it's a vitamin, and it TOTALLY works!!! I take it about 30 minutes before I want to go to sleep, and I am out like a light.
Second of all, you have to get your health back. It's easy to fall into bad eating habits with little or no exercise. We're busy all day long, the last thing we want to do, is spend time making fresh salads, and cutting out what we crave most, SUGAR. I truly believe that the way to get a jump start on your health, is by CLEANSING the body. The second I'm done nursing, I'm on a cleanse. That's how much I believe in it. I feel so good, my energy increases dramatically, I lose weight like crazy, and I just FEEL healthier.
So, about caffeine. I have to admit, I do enjoy a diet coke once and a while. I don't make it a habit though. Never have it in the house, I like to drink it as a special treat when we go to lunch or something. I wouldn't suggest drinking any caffeine after 4:00, I know, common sense right. Anyway, if you must have caffeine, I have found a healthier source, and believe me, it works :)
It's called Organic Yerba Mate. I like the chai flavor. I usually mix it with organic rice milk.
Another suggestion is the Verilux Happy Light. Sean and I just barely purchased of couple of these from Costco for $50 each. The suggested use is 3 hours a day. I don't get a chance to use it that often, but I do believe that it works. Here is the description I got off the site.
The HappyLight® 6000 emulates natural sunshine to deliver up to 6,000 LUX of healthy light for improving overall mood, energy and concentration. The 6000's Natural Spectrum® light activates the body's natural mood enhancers, Circadian Rhythms, without exposing you to harmful UV rays. Use the HappyLight 6000 while you're on the computer or reading the newspaper to experience improved well-being and better overall health. Experience improved energy and mood naturally without the use of drugs or artificial stimulants
I hope this information helps, and would love to get your input on it.