Getting enough sleep is important all year around, but sometimes during December we put sleep on the back burner as holiday shopping, wrapping, decorating and holiday parties take over more of our free time.
Try staying on your sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Avoid using electronics right before bed. The blue light from these devices trick our brains into thinking it’s daytime. Reading at night always makes me sleepy and is a relaxing way to end the day.
Food is energy, so no big surprise that what we put in our bodies also affects our energy levels!
Real Food Tips to Avoid Feeling Sluggish
- Drink water – At around 60%, water is the largest constituent of the human body. Even if you are eating the best foods, you may feel sleepy and tired if you are not properly hydrated. Try drinking half of your body weight, in ounces of water/day. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water per day. If you are active or exercise, you’ll need to add more.
- Avoid high levels of caffeine – A cup of coffee or tea a day may help you feel more alert, but drinking more than 4 cups or consuming energy drinks can actually have the opposite effect later on in the day and possibly disrupt sleep. Know your body’s limits, as some people are more sensitive to stimulants than others.
- Don’t cut out carbohydrates – Carbohydrates are your body’s main energy source. Eliminating these from your diet can reduce your stamina and make you feel foggy. Choose foods like whole grains, fruit, low-fat dairy or starchy vegetables at each meal to keep your body fueled.
- Food is energy – Keep your blood sugar levels stable by eating every couple hours throughout the day. Skipping meals can leave you feeling worn out and may lead to overeating later – which can cause sluggishness.