Have you ever started your day doing a little math to figure out how much sleep you did (or rather, didn’t) get from the night before? We’ve all been there at one point or another….and there can be a variety of reasons we find ourselves in this situation. Maybe you simply HAD to watch the two-hour long season finale for The Voice so your co-workers wouldn’t spoil it for you at work. Or perhaps your in-laws were coming over the next day and you wanted to make sure your house was in ship-shape order. Or maybe your child was keeping you up all night with the sniffles. Whatever the reason, a lack of sleep can have a number of negative impacts on the body.
According to WebMD, if you aren’t getting your “z”s, you’re at a higher rate for accidents, serious health problems, lowering your sex drive, depression, aging skin, memory loss, weight gain, impaired judgement and even death. Who knew going to bed late was such a problem — besides the obvious side effect of feeling like garbage?
A few years ago, I was listening to John Tesh provide a few tips on how to get a better nights rest. I was alarmed to hear that, “studies show that sleeping even one hour less for just one night reduces your alertness by one-third!” He recommends getting at least 7-9 hours of rest, avoiding anything that keeps you up (computers, work, house projects, etc.), setting a routine to sleep within 30 minutes of the same time each night, wearing a pair of socks to relax your body, and turning the temperature down in your house.
I’ve also heard it’s good to do some self-talk, saying things like “I go to bed each night at 10:30 pm.” I suppose this is a way to mentally prepare yourself. And another tip I’ve heard is to become aware of your body cues. If you are fighting your eye lids, yawning every 10 seconds, or your leg begins to have a muscle twitch, it’s probably time to hit the hay.
But what if you just can’t break the habit? What if you understand how horrible it is for your body, you know how terrible you feel the next day, and you’ve tried all the suggestions in the world but you just can’t get-it-together?
I’m serious…this has been on my New Year’s Resolution list every year for the past 15 years! I know it’s a lifestyle change and it takes some work, but often times people like myself find more comfort in calling it a part of our identity rather than viewing it as a habit we can actually have control over. It’s who we are, right? We convince ourselves by saying things such as, “I’m just not a morning person!” We pride ourselves with being called “night owls”; nocturnal creatures who come to life the more the evening approaches.
All kidding aside, my problem is partly due to the fact that it seems to be the only time during my entire day that I don’t have ankle bitters (children) at my heels either vying for my attention or needing me to break up a sibling spat. The truth is 10:00 pm is when I finally get “me time”. And sadly, I find myself doing dishes, taking a shower, catching up on Facebook, looking up hairstyles on Pinterest or whatever else it is I do into the weeeee hours of the morning.
Tammy Hyde, an LPN at Mercy Hospital in Wyoming, Michigan is someone who can fully relate. She works only a few days out of the week – but those days are often longer than 8 hours of work. She’s constantly on her feet; expending much of her energy caring for others, reading charts, and doling out medicine. Although she loves what she does, many nurses complain that their work can be physically and mentally taxing over time.
She mentioned that she and her husband used to buy energy drinks to help during the day, but they had stopped because they didn’t like all the sugar and toxins in the drinks, and because of the price. That’s when I recommended that she try a new, natural energy drink by It Works, called Energy.
It’s sweetened with crystalline fructose, which is a natural fruit derived sweetener. It has a lower glycemic index and causes a significantly lower rise in blood sugar than table sugar or high fructose corn syrup (the common sweetener among many other leading energy drinks)
The caffeine in Energy is provided by Green Tea extract and contains an amazing 100mg per can. Its proprietary blend consists of natural stimulants free of the jittery effects caused by today’s leading energy drinks.
Along with the green tea extract and caffeine, you’ll find blueberry juice concentrate, cherry juice concentrate, cranberry juice concentrate, folic acid, gotu kola, leaf/root extract, pear juice concentrate, prickly pear, raspberry juice concentrate, and strawberry juice concentrate.
Here are some other benefits:
- A full spectrum of phytonutrients
- Potent antioxidant-rich polyphenols
- Packed with Vitamin B to support brain function
- Proprietary ENERGY Blend
- Helps support the body’s ability to sustain natural energy levels
Regarding the price, it’s only $29 dollars wholesale for a 12 pack. The can itself is 8.4 fluid ounces and when you break down the price it’s about $2.50 a can. Not too bad!
I was excited to share this product with Tammy and asked her recently what she thought of it. Tammy says, “I really liked the taste of the energy drink and the fact that it is low in calories at 100 calories per can. I liked that it didn’t make me feel jittery like other energy drinks.”
All in all, when a good night’s rest just isn’t possible and new habits are hard to acquire, we need to find a way to adjust and make the most out of our lives. We all deserve superior functionality throughout our day and sometimes a little assistance is needed.
So what do you do when you can’t break your sleeping habits? Have you tried the It Works! Energy drink? Do you have any other tips that have worked for you? Please comment below and let me know your thoughts!