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Super Mom? 3 Tactics To Help Keep Your Energy Levels Up

Raising young children is one of the most exhausting jobs in the world, and there may come a point when it feels as if you can’t catch up on your sleep no matter what you do. While restorative sleep is absolutely vital to your health and well-being, there are some others ways to give yourself a boost of energy when you need it the most. Here is a look at three great tips that will help sleepy moms keep their energy levels up.

Get Some Exercise

Exercising might be the last thing that you want to do when you are feeling sluggish, but studies continue to show us that raising your heart rate for a few minutes every day can actually boost your energy levels. Going for a short run or walk is going to flood your body with endorphins and force your lungs to use oxygen more efficiently. It will also increase your heart rate so that you have more blood running through your brain.

Even if you can’t head to the gym for an hour, you might still be able to do a little bit of training at home. Household chores such as vacuuming and mowing the lawn can burn an incredible amount of calories in a short period of time. If you have a few minutes to spare every day, then you might want to try putting in a workout DVD or following an online exercise program.

Use Caffeine Strategically

One of the most common mistakes that tired mothers make is consuming too much caffeine throughout the day. Overcompensating with caffeine is only going to leave you feeling more tired than you already were. Over time, your body will become immune to the effects of caffeine, and you will need quite a bit just to feel normal. As an alternative, you should try to only use caffeine when you need it the most.

One or two cups of coffee in the morning can kickstart your day and wake up your mind. Mothers who are struggling with chronic fatigue should avoid caffeinated drinks that are filled with processed sugar or other sweeteners. You also need to limit how much caffeine you have later on in the day. Drinking too much coffee or tea in the afternoon can interrupt your sleep schedule at night.

Fuel Up The Right Way

Sugar and simple carbohydrates will give you a temporary boost of energy, but you are also going to crash at some point. In order to have long-term energy, you need to stick to a healthy diet that provides you with a wide variety of nutrients. As a general rule, foods that are filled with protein and healthy fats are the best option for sleepy moms. These two macronutrients are almost immediately converted into energy, and they will leave you feeling full and satisfied for hours.

Moms who are struggling with chronic fatigue should also think about supplementing, with products like those offered at Xyngular. High-quality supplements will fill in your nutritional gaps and help you properly process all of the foods that you eat. Many supplement companies also offer premade meals and shakes that raise your blood sugar levels and boost your energy.

If you believe that you are getting enough rest but still feel tired, then you should contact a doctor and schedule a comprehensive exam. Constantly feeling tired is perfectly normal for new parents, but there may come a point when you need to speak to a professional. Chronic fatigue can be caused by a wide variety of health issues, and you might need to treat a few underlying problems if you want to restore your energy levels.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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