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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,900
10/15/12 5:48 A

Eating a high-protein meal without accompanying carbohydrates may keep you awake, since protein-rich foods also contain the amino acid, tyrosine, which perks up the brain.....

These are foods high in the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan so eat
cottage cheese, cheese, Seafood Meats Poultry Whole grains Beans Rice Hummus, Lentils. Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Eggs, Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds

Since cottage cheese is high in casein protein it is the perfect food to consume before bed. Casein digests more slowly than other types of protein and hence can supply the muscles with a steady stream of amino acids while the body is alseep...have some before bedtime to get some zzz's///it also has amino acid producing proteins which burn fat

Pumpkin seeds are especially high in protein, low in calories and fat. Sunflower seeds have protein & almonds are particularly high in protein. Nuts are an excellent source of gas-free protein, as well as chicken, turkey, beans, peas, fish, cottage cheese, and peanut butter, parm cheese

Keep egg whites in hand also very low in calories "All WHites" taste good...scramble with some green pepper and onions .....

I also agree to sleep every second you can.....let the house wait...there is always time for cleanup....when my son napped...so did I even if I just closed my eyes and rested...that helps.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 10/15/2012 (06:23)
CANDO20K Posts: 128
10/15/12 4:08 A

I'm fighting fatigue after dinner, thinking i should work.
This post was just what I needed to hear, so I'm quitting, and off to bed.
Thanks!

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,376)
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10/15/12 1:35 A

Sleep every spare second you can. Studies are showing even a 7 minute nap can bring benefits.
Stay humble and accept help when offered. Aunt Sue's 30 minute visit may become your favorite part of the week when she decides to demonstrate her baby-feeding skills.
Make sleep your number one free-time priority, even above meal prep. Take-out every once in a while will not hurt you as badly as sleep deprivation. There are a lot of healthy take-out options if ordered correctly.

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10/15/12 12:06 A

Though no one really understands why, sleep deprivation seems to affect executive brain function in particular, and poor decision-making is often the end result of the disinhibition that can occur in your brain's frontostriatal executive-reward circuitry. The best thing you can do is make sure that you're eating enough of the healthy foods your body needs, especially if you are breastfeeding, and this should help to calm cravings (though not entirely).

If you are breastfeeding, your body needs a minimum of 500 calories in addition to what it normally would to sustain lactation, so it's unsurprising that you're reaching out for extras. Listen to your body, and try to eat foods that are packed with micronutrients. Ensure you're getting enough calcium, iron, folate, vitamin D, and iodine in particular. Postnatal nutrition is just as important for your body's recovery as prenatal nutrition was for a healthy pregnancy, so keep it in mind! Also, don't be too hard on yourself trying to be supermom, losing the baby weight immediately while being a perfect mother, partner, etc...don't drive yourself crazy and take it slow! You have your children's whole lives to make good decisions and live healthily, so do it in baby steps. emoticon

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10/14/12 11:59 P

that is a tough one. I work 3rd shift, and sometimes I would eat just to stay awake...

Tea and other hot beverages always helped me.

SARAHD33 SparkPoints: (33,403)
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10/14/12 5:34 P

Does anyone have any good tips for dealing with the cravings of chronic sleep deprivation? I have one-month-old twins, and though I would love to get enough sleep, it is just not on my horizon for the next few months.

I log regularly, and try to plan my meals for the day, but I still find myself taking seconds when I am not hungry or eating "treats" that don't normally tempt me.

What has worked for others?

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