You know that point where you are so beyond tired you catch your second wind? I call that rummy. Dont ask me why, but I have always called it that. As I am sure most of you parents can relate, there are times where we are forced out of bed to comfort our kids from their nightmares, or to make sure all the doors are locked after hearing something fall or crash.
Finally you come back to your bed, rest your head on your pillow, and EYES ARE WIDE OPEN….RUMMY!
Rummy is always apart of my life. I feel as if I never really recover from it, hence my blog name….One Rummy Mom.
We have all been there. So in this blog I am going to post 7 tips for us tired mom’s, to go back to sleep…
1. Valerian Root: It’s known to smell like stinky socks, yuck! However, it is a natural herb that can help with anxiety, sleep, and menstruation cramps. You can pick it up at any drug store for about $10. I usually take 3-5 capsules depending on how anxious I am. (Discuss this with your physician first)
2. Have a mid night snack: Carbohydrate-rich snacks may be best, because these foods likely increase the level of sleep-inducing tryptophan (an amino acid that is a constituent of most proteins. It is an essential nutrient in the diet of vertebrates.) in the blood. Try eating, boiled eggs (prepare ahead of time, who wants to cook in the middle of the night? I don’t!), Citrus fruits, Apples, healthy cereal, or nuts.
3.Go pee already!: Even if you don’t have to pee, i suggest going anyway. You know the moment you hit the hay, your bladder will suddenly feel like it’s going to burst! So why not just go sit and get it over with?!
4.Melatonin: It’s already naturally produced by your body. People use this usually to adjust the body’s internal clock. My son used to have a hard time falling asleep. I began giving him 1 mg of this stuff, and it really helped! YAY! Any drug store will carry it and it is usually about $10. There are different strengths. Try taking less the first time.(Discuss with physician first)
5.White Noise: When a noise wakes you up in the night, it’s not the noise itself that wakes you up, but the change or inconsistencies in noise that awake you. White noise creates a mask effect, blocking out sudden changes. I downloaded a free app on my iPhone that I use every night. It’s called “Sleep pillow”. If you are a light sleeper like me, you will love this app!
6. Set up a baby video monitor: No matter how hard we try, sometimes every possible worry will keep us awake. “Did I remember to close the baby’s window?” “Did I uncover his face from his blanket?” “Did I just hear him cry?” Why are you driving yourself crazy like this?! You will be up like, 100 times during the night if you don’t change something soon! I invested in a baby video monitor. Not only because my son has seizures but because it put my mind at ease and if i want to quickly check on him I just click a button and I see him there snoozing away. I bought mine at Target (My favorite store!). Here is the link to the exact one I have. http://www.target.com/p/samsung-babyview-video-baby-monitor/-/A-14261096?lnk=sc_qi_detaillink I have had this one for over two years, I have never had a problem with it and it is awesome!
7. Come to the dark side: Melatonin is actually suppressed by light sources. Either, your laptop, tv, phone, or bright night-light. Sometimes street lights can shine through your shade and blind your eyes from sleep. I bought sun blocking shades that were super easy to put up. I just got a cheap tension rod slipped it through and hung it up! Try to leave your lap top and TV’s out of the bedroom if possible. This can be an easy thing to turn to in a sleepless night, but that sleepless night will continue if you don’t put down that remote!