Sleep is one of my favorite things to do. I really do miss it so much during the day. From the moment I wake up my mental clock starts to count down to the hour in which I can return to the full body sprawl in my soft comfy bed. All day I cannot wait to get back into the bed and sleep some more.
I love to sleep.
I miss sleep.
I crave sleep.
I have been sleeping for years, so why I can't I sleep anymore?
Have I just lost my touch?
I have now added the Tylenol PM Sleep Tracker iPhone APP to my life. I have also downloaded the "How to get ready for sleep" and "How to make an environment more inviting to sleep in" from that same website.
Sleep is what we do as humans, it's basic we eat, work, sleep, repeat.
One reason I want to get this lack of sleep under control is because I am 6 months pregnant with my third child, and I am quickly approaching the newborn boot camp survival training sleep depravation stage of parenthood.
(Nooooooooooo, I don't wanna.....)
I have been searching for a solution to cure my pre- slumber deprived days.
The following recipe was taken from Tylenol PM's advertisement to be added as a healthy sleep inducing snack. I'm gonna give it a try along with:
*buying a small fan to add white noise,
*buying a humidifier to add moisture, so I wake with no scratchy throat,
* turn or cover my clock,
* dim my lights a few hours before bed,
* take a warm bath,
* install dark curtains,
* buying an upgraded mattress,
* buying high thread count sheets,
* paint the wall soothing a color, (apparently, white noise is ok, but white walls are bad)
* buying upgraded pillows
and last but not least,
* birth this growing child who makes sleeping in any position a very hard thing to do.
I guess after taking all of their suggestions and things are still not working for me, or if it is just too much trouble to make all of those changes I can always just pop a pill... lol
First things first for a pregnant woman though, FOOD!
They claim that Between the honeyed touch of sweetness, these muffins are practically an edible lullaby. (I guess if the edible lullaby doesn't work then there is always their edible Tylenol PM pill right? hahaha)
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/3 cup applesauce
2 large, very ripe bananas
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup milk or soy milk
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour (make sure it’s whole-wheat "pastry" flour or you’ll produce golf balls, not muffins), salt, and
3. In a blender, puree the bananas; add the
applesauce, honey, and milk. Blend well.
4. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until
5. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups, pour in batter, and bake 30 minutes or until tops are light brown and slightly springy.
Makes 12 low-fat muffins.