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Are you SAHM or a WAHM who stays up late working? Do you find yourself cranky and like a monster mom to your kids? That may be because you lack good quality sleep overnight. I experienced this, too, so read more.
I am a workaholic and a task-oriented person. After working in a newspaper and an advertising agency where we eat deadlines for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snacks, I am immune to the stress of due dates. We live for pressure and it seems that our brain cells are more active when we are tensed.
In order to keep working and to stay awake even during the wee hours in the morning, I have grown accustomed to drinking at least two mugs of brewed coffee per day. Oftentimes, it’s more. But I don’t go over four cups, otherwise, I get clammy and my hands would shake.
My usually sleep time is 3am, sometimes 5am. Then I would wake up at 9am, take a nap in the afternoons, and the cycle goes on again. I reason that I work better at night when everything is silent and the internet is faster.
So I never really thought that I was battling with insomnia.
I have two kulit girls who can talk endlessly throughout the day. They can also bicker like there’s no tomorrow. Since we are a homeschooling family, that means they are with me all day. In the same room. And that can be a challenge to a sleep-deprived mom with lots of deadlines to beat.
After reprimanding them many times and they still don’t listen, there are many cases that I can really lash out at them. I would see them curl up and I know that I have hurt their spirits. Then I would wonder why I did that when they are good kids?
This is especially heightened when I have PMS. Oh my, the lethal combination of lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance, and PMS. Have I told you that I have PCOS? Man…
While there are many factors, one of the reasons why I am robbed of ample and good quality sleep is caffeine. Even I am already finally asleep, it is not peaceful.
So I have changed my ways. I have cut down my coffee intake to one cup a day, which I take in the morning. Otherwise, I would have a migraine the whole day. For the last several months, I have been taking Valentus Slimming Coffee. And you know what, it’s also helping me rest well.
Lack of Sleep and Bad Moods
Thanks to so many things that I have been doing and taking, I am rather sleeping well at night. I have also cut down on caffeine in the afternoons. My limit is one cup of coffee a day, which I take in the morning.
I often sleep almost immediately after I hit the bed. Plus, I don’t get up very often at night to pee. I can say that now, I get good quality sleep overnight. And for at least 8 hours, too.
With that, I have noticed that I am not prone to bad moods the following day. It also seems that my head is screwed on well that I am making better decisions.
I think it is safe to say: lack of sleep = bad mood
Additionally, since I have enough sleep, my skin has also improved. I no longer have breakouts. No wonder it’s called the beauty rest. Combine that with the Healthy Options Collagen Complete, my skin actually feels more supple and hydrated.
“Studies show people who are sleep deprived report increases in negative moods (anger, frustration, irritability, sadness) and decreases in positive moods. And sleeplessness is often a symptom of mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety.”~ Mood and sleep – Better Health Channel
Get Good Quality Sleep
So mommies, I am now a firm believer that having good quality sleep also affects our relationship with our children. We are less cranky and therefore become more patient towards them. They can also relate to us and communicate with us better if we are not yelling most of the time.
If you are spending late nights, I would encourage you to get enough rest. Also, it’s not just enough to lie down. You have to experience deep sleep. It’s for your overall health as well as your moods. Then the whole family will benefit with having happy mom at home
Non-Pharma Sleep Aids That Can Help You
- Meditation and Prayer
- Writing in a Thanksgiving Journal – Recalling the things you are thankful for will make your heart content. It will be easier to sleep with a thankful heart.
- Chamomile Tea – Take a cup after dinner.
- Sclaresscence by Young Living Essential Oils
- Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp
- Melatonin Supplements
- Young Living Essential Oils like lavender and cedarwood
Related story: Are Essential Oils Good for Your Family?
Other parenting stories:
- Spending Quality Time with Each Child
- Shifting the Sisters to a Bunk Bed for Kids
- Enhancing Creative Play
- Use of Gadgets Among Children
- Teaching Kids to Cope with Disappointment
- We Don’t Give Kids Everything they Ask
- How to Save Money for a Two-Income Household
- Why Family Meals are Important
- Importance of Vaccines
- A Child’s Imaginary Friend
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