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all i want to do is sleep

Sleep. The thing you miss the most once you have had children. That, and perhaps your pre-baby body. And a quiet cup of coffee. That’s not lukewarm. But nothing can really prepare you for the shock of a newborn baby and its constant demands… and thus the lack of sleep. My littles are now 5 and 2, and yet, I still don’t sleep all night. Seriously, since two weeks ago, Robert has always been a restless, whiny, demanding, needy and hungry baby at night. He’s hard work and most mornings we would say to him, ‘You’re lucky you’re so cute!’ But as luck would have it, since Robert has decided to be a good sleeper, I’ve been working on this mammoth job that’s kept me up every night the last three weeks till after 11pm. I finally finished it yesterday and put Taylor Swift on so loud then danced around the lounge with the littles. I also drank three glasses of champagne. But the question remains… how am I going to get more sleep? If it’s not Robert, it’s work. And vice versa.

Like I said a few months ago here, my bedtime ritual is not always one that induces sleep – it’s tempting to eventually collapse into bed and catch up on social media or play Scrabble (addicted), so when Africology sent us their Sleep Easy hamper, I knew it was time to change my ways.

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All of the Sleep Easy Africology products are infused with lavender – known for its sleep-inducing properties. First I give our bed a spray with the Pillow and Linen Spray (R180), then I massage my temples with the delicious smelling Sleep Gel (R140) – this helps to ease tension and relax my body and mind. I then place the Eye Pillow (R285) over my eyes to block out all light and to really help me float away.

Now, I’ll be honest. I don’t do this every night but when I do, I really sleep well. And as we all know, a good night’s sleep is so important for your mental and physical wellbeing.

If you’re in need of some extra sleep motivation, get yourself the Africology products today – you can buy them online or head to their stores – and thank me later 🙂

— Liza

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sleep, glorious sleep

If there’s one thing I need to get better at, it’s going to bed at a reasonable hour and getting as much sleep as I can. Robbie is now sleeping (kinda) well, until about 3am when he wants a bottle, then he’s happy again until around 7am. I’m not sure how we are going to change this habit, but it’s infinitely better than what we’re used to, so we’re not complaining. We take turns getting up to give him the bottle – it’s just a matter of stumbling blindly to his room and handing it over, but this action rouses us from our deepest sleep. And often he’ll have been restless a few times before he’s really whining for the bottle. After all this, I never sleep well until the morning alarm goes off at 5.45am and we start our day. So, if I’m going to bed at 10pm and reading (and also checking phone) till around 11pm, that’s not much sleep I’m getting.

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I’ve decided to set myself a challenge. I’ll do it for a whole week, after which I’ll report back on the results. I’m also going to use my FitBit to monitor my sleep patterns.

Sleep Challenge!

  • Be in bed by 9pm every night (hopefully I don’t have any major deadlines)
  • No screen time in bed (this includes phone, iPad, laptop)
  • Drink only chamomile tea (or other drinks that have a calming effect)
  • Read a good book!
  • Lights out by 10pm, at the latest

I know I don’t have to tell you about the benefits of sleep, so here’s hoping I can change my bad habits and start to look younger and feel healthier 🙂

— Liza

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