Better Sleep Month: Eliminate Energy Sappers
May is National Better Sleep Month, and for moms, better sleep - and more sleep - may feel like an unattainable goal. But if you're sleep-deprived, life goes on; your kids still need you and all your usual obligations still loom. How do you deal with not being well-rested and your energy being sapped? Guzzling as much caffeine as possible? Maybe you wake up early or go to bed late to get a handle on all the chores that fall by the wayside while you're at the office or caring for the children all day. Regardless, you need energy, and if you're not getting it, then it's time to figure out why. First, take a look at your diet. Maybe you're trying to shed some post-pregnancy pounds, but skipping meals is never a good idea, and while many new moms can squeeze in breakfast, lunch might just be your child's castoffs, which isn't enough. And if you're making a meal out of kids' favorites - breaded nuggets, white bread and processed foods - then you may not be eating the right kind of lunch.