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How to Recharge after a Long Night
Whoever coined the term “sleeps like a baby” obviously was not a parent. Once you introduce babies and kids into your life, you are never guaranteed a full night’s rest ever again. Even once your kids are older, there will always be a night when they had trouble sleeping and will require you staying up as well. Here are some tips to help you recharge after a long night caring for your kids.
That’s why I love having these tips handy to help me stay focused and energized even when I’m running on little sleep.
Yoga and Stretching
After a long night, your muscles are going to be tense and sore. You can help relax them by doing some simple stretches and some light yoga like child’s pose. Another stretch is just to stand with your feet shoulder width apart and rotate your body swinging your arms around you from one side to the other. This will help stretch your core muscles.
When you feel like you are starting to drag, just get up and do some walking in place or side to side stepping. This will get your heart rate up just enough to get some energy back into your system.
Take a few deep breaths before you get your day started. Sometimes when we are tired we don’t breath deeply enough. Our body needs oxygen for energy. Focusing on a few belly breaths will be a good energizer.
Eat for Energy
Lack of sleep can put a lot of stress on your adrenal glands. Start off your day by eating breakfast (even if you aren’t that hungry, you need to eat something). Your adrenals need fat, so I would recommended eating some eggs cooked in coconut oil, or start with Keto Coffee. You may need an adrenal support supplement that can help your body cope from stress of little sleep.
Don’t rely on quick carbs or sugar for energy. When you are sleep deprived, you will notice that the sugar cravings get intense. I remember being a kid and having a lock in or sleep over. As the night would progress, I would want more and more sweet foods to energize me to stay awake. These quick burning sugars will give you a quick surge of energy, but then will crash in an hour. A better snack would be to reach for nuts or some snacks with fat and protein.
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Rest when you can
Hopefully, your baby will eventually go to sleep or your schedule will give you a break. Take the opportunity to rest when you can. Try to catch a power nap when you can. You can take an epsom salt bath or magnesium supplements to help you get a better rest.
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Have you ever noticed that you are more likely to get sick if you aren’t getting the rest that you need?
Support your body by giving yourself the best nutrients. When you are tired, you need to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need. Energize with wholefoods!
I hope that these tips help you get your energy to make it through the day after you missed out on some hours of sleep.
What are your best tips for boosting your energy naturally?
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