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 me 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.
I 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.