Monday, July 9, 2007

Have Trouble Falling Asleep?

I've heard from several women who seem to have trouble falling asleep at night. While skimming over a magazine, I came across an article, "Sleep Like a Baby-Tonight" by Rachel Grumman. Here are some tips she has for you:

Up and Moving - Try waking up at the same time, even on the weekends.

If you Snooze - Well, if I snooze I always wake up, have to run around like crazy, and end up late! So no snoozing! She suggests when your clock goes off.....walk around, don't lay back down!

Eat Breakfast - Skipping meals causes your blood sugar to drop leaving you feeling sluggish! Too bad your children aren't sluggish too....you have to keep up with them! Eat good meals!

Snack Well Midmorning-Have string cheese, apple, or low-fat peanut butter on whole-wheat bread. This will keep your blood sugar from dropping again!

Caffeine Intake -Have your last cup of caffeine not much later after noon. Apparently, 50 percent of consumed caffeine will still be in your blood system after 6 hours! No wonder you can't sleep! (Note: Caffeine affects women differently. Doesn't bother me, but it might you).


Eat Lunch - "Eat energizing foods, like a sandwich with lean chicken, or tofu tossed in a salad. Avoid high-fat and high-carbohydrate dishes like pasta (oops!) - they'll make you sleepy as your body works overtime to digest them."

More Next time!

3 comments:

Tammy said...

Ooh, I know better than to drink anything with caffeine in it past lunch! Seriously, I'll lay awake at night for hours if I have iced tea at dinner!

It's crazy! Thanks for the helpful ideas.

Anna S said...

Carbohydrates should make about 45%-65% (roughly one half) of our daily energy intake. Both bread and pasta (and various cereals) are carbohydrates; the problem with carbs is that when we eat them, our blood sugar rises and then drops. To prevent that, you should have fiber with your carbs. Whole-grain bread, pasta or cereals are preferable.

Daughter of the King said...

or:

IF you can't sleep....
Don't count sheep....

TALK TO THE SHEPHERD

Deby