Remember the days pre-kids when it was just so cool to be up at 2 a.m? You most likely were strolling in from a fantastic night out that probably involved dinner, dancing and a fancy dress. Well, I can say with certainty that nowadays when I’m looking at the clock and it says 2 a.m. I’m angry, annoyed and the only thing that’s dancing is my brain with the three thousand things that I have on the agenda of what I’m doing the next day!!
There’s also old faithful… the good ol’ glass of wine which is great for calming nerves and helping you settle down BUT… in actuality wine really isn’t such a great option. Yes, it may initially help you get sleepy and de-stress, but in a few hours, the sugars in the wine will actually stimulate you and bring your blood sugar level up and then you’ll either be listening to your husband snore all night long (like me) or start thinking about what you’re making for dinner the next night!
So what’s a mom to do? Lay in bed all night tossing and turning… or get up and give yourself a little natural remedy to help you get back to sleep!! I say get up and get your sleep back!
Here’s my top 5 picks for beating insomnia!
Almonds or Almond Butter: Almonds naturally contain magnesium, which works with the nervous system in your body to relax you. A small handful of almonds or almond butter on a stalk of celery can actually help you snage more of those z’s that you need!
Yogurt: You’ll find that I use yogurt for a million and one reasons! It’s kinda like my “windex” you can use it for anything and it’ll be great! Yogurt is filled with lacto-bacillus and has properties in it that can calm and upset stomach which a majority of the time can be the culprit behind those sleepless nights! But user beware! Stay away from those fruit filled yogurts, way too much sugar in there and it’s kinda like when we tell our kiddos that they can’t have that juice before bed… you’ll be up in no time! Go for the original, plain stuff. If you must have sweet with it, drizzle a little honey on top.
Miso soup: Yep, miso soup does the trick! Miso is actually made from soy and is filled with amino acids, one of which is tryptophan. (You know the stuff in turkey that makes you tired.) Well it just so happens that tryptophan actually makes your body want to produce melatonin, which in turn makes you sleepy. But try not to drink the soup too late or else you’ll be up peeing all night!
Tart Cherry Juice: Tart cherry juice is filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which alone is great for you… but on top of all that, it’s full of melatonin and it’ll help ya sleep! Tart cherry juice is also a fantastic anti-inflammatory and sometimes insomnia is brought on by inflammation that can hinder sleep, i.e. muscle pain, knee or back pain from running around with the kids all day… Tart cherry juice is the answer for that. Be sure to do a 50-50 mix of juice and water though, unless you really like to make that pucker face when you drink it!
Bananas: My favorite guilt free, put me to sleep bedtime snack! Just like almonds, banans are filled with magnesium. Magnesium helps slow things down in the body and relaxes you. It also produces seratonin which can calm some of those frazzled nerves.