I commuted a minimum of one hour each way for seven years, so I picked up a few tricks. Hope this helps while commuting, running errands, and carting the kids around!
1) Get Your Rest
Had to mention this as a jumping off point, because if you’re not getting enough restful sleep your battle will never end. I fully realize this is not possible every day and for pregnant narcoleptics it’s damn near impossible, but one can try. Check out these tips on How To Be A Well Rested Mom!
2) Turn The Music Up
Pretty sure, this is everyone’s initial go to because it does work for a short period of time. Get your favorite jams and sing along. Loudly!
3) Be A Drummer
Tap those fingers and hands on the steering wheel. Stomp your left leg to the beat. Car dance like nobody’s watching. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road.
4) Get Some Wind In Your Hair
Roll the windows down or blast the AC. Cold temperatures and a strong breeze will help keep you stimulated.
5) Engage Your Mind
Listen to talk radio or books on tape. I love audible! I didn’t do this for the longest time, because I thought straight talk would put me to sleep. If you find the right content though, this can really do wonders! Interested in learning a new language? If you can participate in the recording this will require you to do your best active listening. I’ve taken vocal lessons in the past and would do vocal warm-ups and practiced songs. Since I was invested in what I was doing, it was much easier to stay awake!
6) Smack Yourself
Yes, I’m serious. When you’re really dragging, give yourself a good hard slap across the face. It’ll buy you a few minutes to figure out your next move.
7) Phone A Friend
This is by far the most effective trick I’ve found, so use it whenever you can. Even if you don’t catch the person leave a message. I love the Voxer app!
It’s ideal for busy Moms for so many reasons. For this purpose, it lets you talk a lot longer than a voicemail, which allows you to take advantage of this tip for longer.
8) Fuel Up
Now here is where a lot of people can get by with Monster drinks, 5-hour energy supplements, coffee, etc. Not that this is good for anyone, but for pregnant and nursing Moms caffeine needs to be limited. Also, for this narcoleptic, it does nothing to keep me awake. Instead, try to keep something crunchy in the car, like Wheat Thins. Lollipops (my go-to is Tootsie pops) are great too because they last a while.
9) The Secret Weapon
Arbonne fizz sticks. The vitamins provide an all natural lift for a couple of hours. I use them daily!
The best thing about them is, unlike coffee and energy drinks, they are actually good for you. They are packed with antioxidants and B vitamins, plus the ECGC (Green tea extract) boosts metabolism.
Check out all the benefits in this product sheet.
10) Take A Break
When all else fails... don't be a hero! Pull over to a safe location, set your alarm for 10-15 minutes, and rest.
Do you have any good tips for staying awake? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!
Hi! I'm Nicki, a full time working Mama in a fast-paced male dominated industry. I blog for a creative outlet and to help moms like you make this parenting journey a little easier!
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