Sleep Tips for Newborns and Toddlers – More Sleep, Less Caffeine

I’m an expert when it comes to caffeine science and energy drink safety. With my expertise, I help people survive sleep-deprivation. However, it’s also important to treat the root cause. Have you ever tried to convince a toddler that, yes, in fact, it is Bed Time? Do you dread waking up at midnight and 3 am to take care of a newborn? Getting better sleep means needing less caffeine. This is why I decided to team up with a fellow Mompreneur for some sleep tips for newborns and toddlers.

Meet Erin Meinel, Sleep Consultant

As the wife of a first responder, I have been no stranger to struggles with sleep…and having to stay awake when fatigued.  Early in our marriage, my husband worked third shift and got plenty of overtime.  Between working and trying to sleep, there wasn’t much time for anything else.  We tried all the tips and tricks in the book.  He’s now working second shift, still gets a TON of overtime, but now also has to wake up earlier than he’d prefer to help care for our two little boys.  We are now part of the “2 Under 2” Club, having both a 22-month-old and a 4 ½-month-old.  I thought our schedules before kids were crazy; fast forward a few years.  We NEEDED to make sleep a priority so we could function during the day, both to make a living and to care for our children.

Sleep tips for newborn and toddler from Lake Country Sleep

Between prioritizing sleep in our household and utilizing some of Danielle’s caffeine hacks to maximize our efficiency and energy when we are awake, I guess you could say we have gotten pretty good at juggling all the things!

I thought that having a background in early childhood development and education would serve me well when I became a mom.  It did, and has, with many things…just not sleep!  I had no idea there was so much science behind newborn and infant sleep, nor was I aware this was something I needed to learn about when I became a parent…until I was in the thick of it.  After the birth of my first son and experiencing the sleep deprivation that accompanies life with a newborn, I became motivated, wait, let’s find a better word – INSPIRED – to help other new parents find their way out of this form of torture.  

Building a Healthy Sleep Foundation

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Get Better Sleep While Traveling

Do you have trouble getting good sleep while traveling? Do you spend the night tossing and turning? Struggling to silence your thoughts? Staring at the ceiling counting the hours til your alarm goes off?

I’m an expert at helping you survive the day after a night of sleep deprivation. If you need help picking the best energy drinks for working the night shift, I’m your girl.

But managing fatigue is complicated. And figuring out WHY we can’t sleep (when it’s NOT due to excess caffeine) is tricky.

This is why I’m happy to be partnering with Clinton Marquardt, Sleep and Fatigue Specialist. In this post, Clint shares some interesting science behind why it’s so darn hard to get that precious sleep, even when do make it a priority.

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Quick Tips: Hacking Motivation with Caffeine

Welcome to the GreenEyedGuide Quick Tips to Start Your Week series!

Today’s topic is Hacking Motivation with Caffeine.

Have you ever thought about why you drink the drinks you do? What guides your hand when you open that glass door at the 7-11 and reach for something caffeinated?

You can use that motivation for caffeine to hack your motivation elsewhere. By “hacking”, I mean tricks to make it easier, like a cheat code.

I’ve been working on a research paper with a group from Cal State Long Beach where we’re looking at why people choose the energy drinks they do. Instead of regurgitating that research, let me just ask you:

It’s fascinating to get into the psychology of consumer behavior, but let’s talk about the 3 most common reasons that motivate people to pick the energy drinks they do, and how you can hack those 3 reasons to make your life easier.

Let’s get the boring one out of the way first…

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Reason #1 - To Get Energy

What a concept! Drinking an energy drink…to get energy. Mind-blowing, really. If this is your primary reason for picking the drink you do, go ahead and get your drink.

But THEN go ahead and get my new book. It has several more tips for ways you can wake yourself up without caffeine. And even when you’re NOT feeling awake and energized, you’ll know how to “Get Sh*t Done”. Which is really the goal, right? The point of feeling awake and energized is to get things done. Boom – motivation.

Reason #2 - Cost

If your hand gravitates towards whatever drink is on sale, you want the most bang for your buck.

Ugh – bad pun.

I mean you want the most oompf for your dollars, right? Why buy one energy drink for $5 when you can get 2-for-$4 or even 3-for-$5, right?

Here’s the hack: nurse your caffeine, always. Imagine how much money you can save if you make that one energy drink with 300 mg caffeine last the whole day. I promise, the caffeine won’t disappear overnight, and most energy drinks don’t taste THAT different when they’re flat. Especially when you pour them over ice.

Reason #3 - Taste

This is the most delicious (pun) in terms of hacking motivation.

If you pick your drink based on the desire to try something you expect to be yummy, you can use that to your advantage!

I don’t know if there’s a term for this in psychology, but tying something unpleasant to something you enjoy boosts your motivation to do that unpleasant thing.

For example, I really don’t want to work out. It’s not that I don’t enjoy working out, it’s just that there are so many things I feel are higher on my priority list right now. But, if I use that brand-new energy drink I’ve been dying to try as my reward for working out – boom- there’s my motivation, and the thing I’ve been avoiding gets done.

That’s it for today!

Stay tuned next Monday for more tips about caffeine, energy drinks, beating fatigue. If you have a question you want me to answer in the next Quick Tips session, you can message me on Instagram or email me at Info@greeneyedguide.com

Have a great week. You’ve got this!

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Case Study: Fatigue Mangement Workshop with PJ Power

GEG's Fatigue Management Workshop Helps Palmer Johnson Power Systems Reduce Fatigue in the Workplace

Where Minutes Count and Deadlines Cost

In October 2019, I had the pleasure of leading a Fatigue Risk Management workshop with Palmer Johnson Power Systems.

Let’s call them “PJ” for short.

PJ is a distributor in the machinery industry and specializes in servicing and supplying components for heavy-duty, off highway transmissions and axles. 

GEG Fatigue Management Workshop

“In the off-highway industry where minutes count and deadlines cost, our team delivers service excellence built on innovation, product expertise, urgency, and strong manufacturer partnerships. Our customers feel the passion in our people 24/7.”
– Palmer Johnson Power Systems Mission

Where Expertise and Urgency Meet Fatigue and Mistakes

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Best Energy Drinks for Night Shift

GEG Caffeine and Fatigue Experts present Best Energy Drinks for Night Shift

What defines "THE BEST" energy drink for night shift?

If you’ve ever wondered what to drink to help keep you awake on the night shift, this list is for you. While making the list of the best energy drinks for night shift, I used three criteria: 1) the drink has to be a top-selling brand, 2) it has to have the right amount of caffeine, and 3) it has to have other ingredients science has proven effective for boosting attention.

I know you have many, many choices when it comes to caffeinated beverages, but by sticking with the top-selling brands, you can be sure these brands taste good and are easy to find at grocery stores and gas stations. And, while caffeine does all the heavy lifting keeping you awake, there are several other ingredients that can be Robin to caffeine’s Batman.

Short on time? Download the Night Shift Energy Boost Shopping ListIncludes the best energy drinks, ready-to-drink coffees, bottled teas, energy drink alternatives, AND some guidelines for healthier swaps

Night Shift Substance Use - Energy Boosting Ingredient

Energy Boosting Ingredients

If you want to overcome tiredness and get more energy working night shift, caffeine (and a short nap) is the most effective. But if taking a short nap isn’t possible, what should you drink to help keep you awake? To answer this question, we turn to science.

The good news is there are plenty of research papers on energy supplements for night shift workers and for the military.

The even better news is I’ve done all the hard work for you by reading this research! I’ll spare you the details and summarize the important parts.

The following ingredients help you pay attention, even when sleep-deprived. This comes from a systematic review, which is a meticulous summary of what all the other research papers have to say about this topic.

Now that the criteria is clear, it's time to introduce the best energy drinks for working night shift!

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