“You’re a new mom. You’re obviously going to be tired.”
“Turn off your computer and don’t watch TV before bed.”
“Maybe you’re anemic. See a doctor.”
“Stop stressing out.”
For what seems like ages, I have been dealing with the “fog”. It settles in the moment I open my eyes in the morning, and lifts ever so slightly as I fall asleep at night.
I drudgingly pull myself out of the warm confines of bed and start my day, feeling like I have an iron ball tied to my ankle.
My four-cup coffee maker is my first stop in the morning, making a bottle for my son is second. By the time I retrieve his smiley face from the crib and feed him, my daily dance with caffeine is ready to begin.
I don’t even feel the kick any more. All I know is that I have enough energy to log into work and do some writing. It takes every fiber of my being to keep my head from meeting the keyboard.
As the day goes on, I struggle with the temptation of my bedroom. I work from home, so the option of taking a nap during my breaks is oh-so-tempting. Most days, I fight on and clean up or play with my son when I have free moments during the daily grind.
Other days, I collapse.
I work out at least four times a week, eat a rather healthy diet and take a multivitamin to fill in any gaps. I have been tested for anemia, thyroid problems and every other deficiency linked to fatigue.
Goose egg.
Healthy and hot – sign me up

Earlier this week, I decided to swap my morning coffee with a concoction of hot water, organic lemon juice, cinnamon and ground ginger.  According to several studies written my health and fitness experts, this cleansing drink is supposed to be a great way to give you a leg-up on the day.
Day four, and I have not been (too) tempted to sneak down the hall and catch an on-the-clock wink. I have stayed up later and felt stronger at the gym.
On Sunday night, I started taking a supplement that I purchased at Whole Foods called Deep Sleep. It has been highly reviewed online at effectively helping people reach a state of deep sleep (who would have guessed?)
Since I started drinking the hot lemon water and taking the herbal supplements within hours of each other, I cannot say which of these changes is making the difference.
I understand human psychology and would not be surprised if this is a placebo effect… so I am curious if anyone out there has experimented with either the Deep Sleep supplements or drinking hot lemon water in the morning?

For those of you who are interested, here’s the recipe for my yummy Hot Lemon Water Cocktail:

One cup (or more) hot water,
Juice of 1/2 of an organic lemon (or one tablespoon organic lemon juice),
Two dashes of ground cinnamon (to taste),
One dash of ground ginger root (to taste)