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Tired Mom and How To Get Stay Awake

By Fredrica Syren:

Lately we’re been going through a not so great sleeping patterns with our youngest son because he is up coughing at all hours. This is making metired-mommy feel like a zombie. Many days I feel so dead tired that all I want to do is sleep. Since becoming a mom feeling tired seems to be part of my life and I just coop with it. But I know sometimes there are a few things I can do to help myself once I figure out the reasons for being so tired.

Here are some of the top reasons I’m tired and how to change that:

I didn’t eat lunch — sometimes I feel as though I don’t have time to eat. I try to feed my kids but, while they eat, do I sit down to eat? Nope. Instead, I clean up the kitchen, etc. Later I will finish the kids’ leftovers and then starve — with not very good results, may I add. My advice is to leave the dishes til later and eat a nice healthy lunch with the kids. It’s better for me and they will love it.

I eat sugary snacks — When you are dead tired, your body starts to crave sugar; but that is by far the worst thing you can feed it because it will raise your blood sugar quickly, just to plunge, and there is that tiredness again. I try to keep healthy snack options such as cut up veggies, popcorn and fruits available. This will keep my blood sugar more even and boost my energy.

tire-momI drink caffeinated drinks — How many times do we hear how coffee will wake us up? Wrong!!! Caffeine will definitely make you feel less tired after you drink it, but the effect doesn’t last, and it can cause subtle sleep disturbances. Having caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant, too close to bedtime is also going to make falling asleep difficult. And since caffeine is a diuretic, it might make you get up during the night to use the bathroom.

Trying to do too much by myself — I admit I am one of those women who try to be super mom. I try to be a great mom, a great wife; and I must have a perfectly clean house, bake cookies and bread from scratch, and provide creative learning games and art for my kids, all in one day. I have come to realize that this is just not do-able and not very realistic. These days, not only do I ask my kids to help out, but I also have my husband help me clean in the evening. I’ve learned to ask for help when I need it. No shame in that at all.

Of course there are things that are out of our control when it comes to tiredness. Some things such as kids not sleeping well, their being cranky and whiny, or medical conditions might not be so easy to solve. I found after my firstborn that I was becoming bone tired, and when I finally went to the doctor, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and one of it’s symptoms is tiredness.

So if you feel that you are too tired and nothing helps, see a health practitioner and just have a check up.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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