Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Better Sleep Month: Eliminate Energy Sappers
Choose foods that will stick with you, and diversify, making sure there's a protein, fruit and vegetable, and a carbohydrate. Fixing a turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread is a quick, easy way to sit down with your child - or in front of the computer - to eat. Next, take a look at your medicine. If it is allegedly non-drowsy, like many new allergy medications say they are, then try going off of it for a day if possible. You might be surprised at how much more energy you have. And while it seems like caffeine can help pick you up, when taken to combat that late-afternoon slump, it can disrupt sleep patterns. Stick with one to two cups per day, and limit it to the morning and early afternoon. Finally, as your children need that winding-down time before bed that might involve storytelling and bathtime, so do you. Try to let your brain wind down for 15 minutes or so before you hit the hay. Read a few pages of a book or magazine, or just breathe and unwind. You'll ease into sleep better.