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If you want to sleep tonight

March 14th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Last week I wrote a poem from my frustration, a night spent tossing and turning, this torture self-inflicted by my dessert. It had been a Bad Day and I had tried to redeem it later, when the kids were in bed, with bits of a dark chocolate bar and sips of locally grown raspberry wine. But that turned out to be a Bad Decision. I couldn’t sleep that night and felt tired for days afterward. It tasted good at the time, but I’m not sure it was worth the price I paid.

An article in today’s paper describes what to do – or what not to do – before bed and in the morning to feel well-rested: Energy-boosting ideas to help turn you into a morning person .

Suggestions in the article include exercise early (stop hours before bedtime); eat early (again stop hours before bedtime); stop sipping alcohol in the afternoon (!); and stop sipping caffeine in the afternoon.

To wake up: try playing “Das Rheingold”, keeping curtains open and singing in the shower.

Gee, so what I am supposed to do between afternoon and bedtime?
When I mentioned these to Ted, he said,” what if I don’t want to be a morning person?”! If I kept the curtains open, played loud opera and sang along, he’d wake up too…and so would the rest of the family….

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  • 1 Katherine // Mar 15, 2004 at 2:05 pm

    I wish chocolate didn’t do that to you 🙁 I have spent many years carefully building up a very high tolerance level for chocolate – it doesn’t do anything to me at any time of day or night. Kind of like the Man in Black from the Princess Bride and his iocane powder. 🙂 Maybe you can find another treat that you can enjoy. ‘Cause moms sure do need treats to keep going. Kind of like packhorses (carrots? apples? oats?). Hmmm, succulent snap peas? A stroll in the garden?