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What do you do to 'stay alive' during the mid afternoon crash?

Like clockwork everyday starting around 3:30 I start to get very tired, most days I get a headache that lasts til about 6:30 when I know my kids' bedtime is coming up. I've tried eating all different kinds of foods that are suppose to give you energy, I've tried making a strong cup of coffee, and even when I get a little catnap during the day this happens. Naturally as a mother I'm quite sleep deprived, I have a newborn, one just over a year and another that's 3. So needless to say I have my hands full. Does this happen to everyone or will I see the light at the end of the tunnel when the newborn starts sleeping thru the night?


Asked by Anonymous at 3:55 PM on Feb. 4, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Yeah, I'm the same way and I don't have a newborn any more. I know its partially my fault b/c my DD goes to bed at 7:30pm and I usually stay up til around 11 with my hubby and my DD wakes up at 5am. I should go to bed earlier. And what doesn't help is my DD has a meltdown around 3:00, 3:30 every afternoon. I don't know why she does, but she just does. So, I just make myself another cup of coffee and countdown til when my DH will get home and help. Good luck sweetheart!

    Answer by ABPeterson at 3:58 PM on Feb. 4, 2010

  • OP; I want to add that going for a walk does help liven me up a bit but not long after I'll get tired again.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:56 PM on Feb. 4, 2010

  • I feel your pain. lol

    every day - like right now I can feel myself slowing down. lol

    I make a strong pot of tea and find some sunshine.

    or I run.

    Answer by hypermamaz at 3:57 PM on Feb. 4, 2010

  • 3:30 - 6:30 at our house is just about the time the kids get home from school and the evening battles begin (fighting to get homework done, dinner eaten, etc.) I have resorted to popping advil....

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:57 PM on Feb. 4, 2010

  • Taking a good vitamin supplement has helped me tremendously especially since I have to keep up with a 2 and 3 year old! I love the energy it has given me, I fall asleep better and I wake up easier. By the time I know it its time to get ready for bed and I've accomplished so much! My family and friends have seen a difference in me and now they are taking the same vitamins! If you want more information to try them yourself (trust me you won't be disappointed) my email is

    Answer by foreverhome at 4:21 PM on Feb. 4, 2010