Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wake Up You Lazybones

I spend a lot of my life saying to people "I'm just so tired." And I have a vague sense of guilt about this. Shouldn't I be less tired? After all, how much energy should it take to stay at home and raise my toddler(we're currently in the throes of potty-training), keep my house clean, my family's clothes washed, cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, while managing to get some writing done and stay on schedule?

I typically blame my heavy eyelids on my little one's penchant for waking daily somewhere around 5:00 AM, which (to me) is the middle of the night.

Apparently, I'm not the only mother who feels this way.

In fact, I found this Parenting.com article on CNN.com. It's actually called "Moms: How to stop feeling so tired." And while none of the tips are earth-shattering revelations, I'm definitely guilty of at least two no-no's on this list. I'm a notorious lunch skipper (who knew that eating the crusts of my little one's grilled cheese sandwich doesn't actually count as lunch?). And I basically mainline caffeine, which places me squarely in the vicious circle category: Caffeinating to stay awake, then being unable to rest well because I'm over caffeinated. Experts agree, I need to cut back on the coffee.

Anyone have any tips to add? Any Mamas out there who don't feel perpetually sleepy? What's your secret? Let us all in on it. In the meantime, I'm going to grab another cup 'a joe. OK, half a cup.

5 comments:

beth♥ said...
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beth♥ said...

So sorry ... I am not one to hand out advice on a)being tired or b)how to stop mainlining caffeine. I keep threatening to create some sort of coffee IV drip.

Stace said...

Hi -- I recently read somewhere that 20 minutes of meditation is like having an extra hour of deep sleep! (but seriously, who can meditate with a toddler running around?) I do meditate however, but it still doesn't cure my tiredness or addiction to caffine! I guess there are other things you can do to relieve tiredness.. instead of sitting at the computer for hours, or making yourself feel like you "must do this" or "Must do that" - relax. Just sit down and for half an hour each day and do nothing!It's amazing what a different that time makes!

Meaghan said...

I'm terribly guilty of "must do" thinking, you're right! Allowing ourselves a few moments to relax is probably sage advice indeed.

But to relax, Beth and I might need to switch to "half caf" at least.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I am ALWAYS tired and I dont have kids yet. I went as far as to have test done to see if I had any sleep disorders. I didnt.
I cant imagine what its going to be like when my baby get here.