Nuts About Sleep

June 14, 2012

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I think it’s so ironic that I’m talking about myself like a baby…while pregnant, but I SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT! I still stayed up on the late side (about 11pm) but I didn’t have any major tossing and turning other than the usual “I have to roll over again!?” movements.

My doula told me to eat almonds before bed to help keep blood sugar steady and pack in a few healthy calories before the nighttime fast. So here’s my bedtime snack, which I literally ate at 11pm – and was actually getting pretty hungry for. I wonder if I should be eating more throughout the day if I’m waking up hungry? (Just like a baby again!) No sure if the almonds are to thank, but I will be eating some more tonight with hope!

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I woke up not only excited to see that it was morning, but to beautiful light streaming in the windows!

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And then even more excitement occurred when I remembered I had overnight oats waiting!!!

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We are low on fruit but since we’re traveling tomorrow, I just used frozen berries in them instead of going to the grocery store just for a few small things. I piled my usual overnight oat mix into the jar along with about half a cup of frozen berries and added granola and nut butter layers on top.

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Warmth!

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Happy Thursday!!

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1 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 14, 2012 at 7:44 am

Yay for sleeping through the night! I honestly can’t remember the last time I slept through the night… probably during college and that was more alcohol induced… I always wake up many times during the night!

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2 Rachel June 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

My fridge BROKE in the middle of the night and my overnight oats spoiled! I was literally almost in tears this morning :(. Your oats look great though, so I’m living vicariously through you lol.

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3 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

Oh noooooooo!!

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4 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

I love almonds as a snack! Have a great day Kath! :)

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5 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! June 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

Are those roasted almonds?! I have been loving those lately! Natural ones are delicious too but roasted are such a treat!!

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6 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

Yep!

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7 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

Beautiful breakfast – probably even more enjoyable after a good night’s sleep! :)

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8 Molly @ RDexposed June 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

Never underestimated the power of a good night’s sleep!

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9 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

About to go eat my overnight oats in a few minutes. Love them!

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10 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles June 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

That is a really good idea- for both you & the baby! I’m sure that is why you slept through the night- the power of positive thinking!

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11 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance June 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

Sometimes my overnight oats are the only thing that get me out of bed in the morning!

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12 Claire June 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

Your midwife is a smart lady! ;) Yay for sleeping through the night! I found myself super tired during my pregnancy (and waking up hungry in the middle of the night, too!) until I SERIOUSLY cut back on carbs (all that juice I was drinking, and cereal I was eating – ugh!) and upped my protein and went with multiple, small meals throughout the day. I was worried about GD because some diabetes runs in my family, so with my doctor’s permission I tried to stick to a GD diet starting halfway through my second trimester, and man, the difference in my energy was remarkable! It turned out I was just going through sugar crashes throughout the day. Sadly I had to cut out oatmeal :( and stick with hardboiled eggs for breakfast – the eggs worked much better for me in the morning than oatmeal with dried fruit on it (what I would normally eat). Your bedroom is beautiful! I love all the light!

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13 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

She is always pushing protein – specifically almonds!! They do make such a great quick way to get some

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14 Gabrielle June 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

Eat more! I hope it helps. I am always surprised how little you eat, mostly for lunch! I guess I exercise a lot more than you do, but still you are growing a person and I am not. We are all so different, which is so cool!

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15 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

I’m just following my hunger cues! But if they’re coming in the night…I’d rather just eat more when not hungry during the day :) Maybe I will do a calorie study to see how I stand

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16 Jen June 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

I agree. I had been thinking that you are not eating a lot for this stage in your pregnancy. When I was pregnant I usually had graham crackers and peanut butter as a bedtime snack every night and that usually did the trick! But almonds are great, too. :)

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17 Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

Not being able to sleep is the WORST! A few weeks ago, I was having sleeping troubles every night for over a week straight. It got to the point where I even ended up sleeping in my basement one night just to switch up the location & see if that would help! Finally I slept better..thank goodness! I think it helps to just get one good night of sleep, that way you’re not heading to bed at night automatically dreading the possibility that you won’t sleep well. Hopefully you’ll sleep better now that you got in 1 good sleep last night!

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18 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh June 14, 2012 at 8:07 am

Glad you slept through the night little girl! ;-) That’s a pretty cool tip about the almonds.

Yummy breakfast as usual. Happy Thursday!

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19 B @ Crags and Veggies June 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

I had overnight oats too! Aren’t they great to wake up to, and so much fun? Today mine were chocolate topped with almond butter. YUM!

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20 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

Sounds like you’ve made a perfect start to the day! I hope you have a great one Kath!

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21 Jacqueline June 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

Love the combo of hot tea and cool overnight oats! I’ve been drinking tea to warm myself up after I drink my morning shake. It’s like I can’t decide if I want to be freezing or warm! Glad the almonds helped!

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22 kristen @ verbs and vignettes June 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

beautiful morning! your overnight oats look delicious with the granola and nut butter. I always leave them plain because I’m such a snacker all day, so I like a little wiggle room for extra calories. but granola and nut butter are both pretty hard to deny.

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23 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

I took sleep for granted until I had my first son…now I cherish every moment of it! I was sleep deprived for many years! (my first son suffered terribly from atopic dermatitis) It was a living nightmare! Thankfully, his skin has healed and we are all catching up on our sleep…now I can’t get him out of bed! lol

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24 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do!! We just got our AC fixed after 2 long, hot weeks without it, and I slept like a rock last night! I had to laugh when I saw the cold oats and hot tea because when I have breakfast, I’m all about the temperature contrast too! Usually I’ll have an hot omelette with a freezing cold smoothie, or cold fresh fruit with hot tea. Your oats look great!

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25 samantha @ peach in the city June 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

yay for sleeping through the night! I got woken up by a vomiting puppy at 5am :/

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26 Angel7 June 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

I will have to remember to eat almonds before bed since my blood sugar drops occasionally.

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27 Cait's Plate June 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

I get SO excited when I wake up and see that the sun is fully risen. It’s the best feeling ever. I might have to try the almonds-before-bed trick…I’m not pregnant, but maybe it could still help!

Also – is that a pottery barn duvet cover on that bed?? I think I may have just ordered the same one in a different color!

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28 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

Yup! 6 years old wedding gift :)

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29 Lace @ Real Food Quest June 14, 2012 at 9:15 am

Everything about this post seems yummy. From the fluffy looking pillows to the good looking bowl of oats.

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30 Catalina @ Cake with Love June 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

I am very happy for you that you finally had a good night sleep!! Your bedroom is beautiful with all that light coming in!

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31 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

Yay for sleeping through the night!! Hopefully the almonds will be the sleep miracle worker! :) I love roasted almonds!

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32 Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

Isn’t it the best when you wake up to a nice pre-made breakfast? It looks delicious!

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33 Regina June 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

I was having a lot of trouble sleeping in early pregnancy but when I ate more during the day (adding in more snacks) and made sure to eat right before bed I haven’t had a single problem since. I sleep like a baby now! Getting up every hour to pee but that’s to be expected at 30 weeks preggo. Good luck!

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34 Sara @ MyLifeEngineered June 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

I’m getting ready for a trip too and tossed and turned (out of excitement) all night. I even woke up in the night thinking “ok, what needs to be eaten out of the fridge today so that we don’t have to toss anything out tomorrow?” Hope you have a great day!

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35 Laney June 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

I just blended my overnight oats to make a Dough Boy Smoothie for the first time! Yummy! Added some Gone Nuts granola and sunbutter. Was a great breakfast!

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36 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 14, 2012 at 11:31 am

Something so basic as sleep becomes quite the topic when pregnant and with a newborn, doesn’t it!

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37 Khushboo June 14, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hunger really messes up my sleep…always need my bedtime snack!

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38 Shannon June 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

So after reading about Overnight OIAJ for a few months I finally decided to try it now that the summer heat has taken over Chicago. OMG where has this been all my life?? It is so delicious! So glad KERF brought this into my breakfast life!

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39 Amanda @flecksofgreen June 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I don’t think I can remember the last time I slept through the night or slept past 8am for that matter…Just saying that out loud (or typing it) makes me thinkg it’s time for a change. I’ll make it a goal over the next week to accomplish atleast one, if not both!

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40 Melanie June 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Kath I have the exact same alarm clock! I love it!

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41 Michele Sparrow June 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

When I was in school for nutrition, one of the things our instructor told us was that when a person wakes in the night and thinks it is because they have to go to the bathroom, more often than not it is because of low blood sugar. So, your doula telling you to manage your blood sugar right before sleep with a handful of almonds makes good sense. The fact that drinking juice helps you fall into sleep again would also seem to prove that point.

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42 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Agreed… The juice was a sign for me as well. Hoping the almonds helps to steady it out. I was turning to milk but I guess that want an ideal ratio

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43 Natalie June 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Do you eat your overnight oats warm or cold?

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44 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Cold!

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45 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Overnight oats are seriously better than an alarm clock–I swear they make me excited about getting up in the morning (thatneverhappens!)

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