Squeezing Sleep In

With the summer holidays being so hectic I am not actually
getting much in the way of sleep, the boys run me ragged in the day and then
come the evening I start blogging and if I am feeling particularly domestic
(which is very rare!), I might put a wash on and do a bit of token
cleaning. It does not help that the
boys bedtime seems to have been pushed later and later and what used to be a
reasonable 7pm has turned into 9pm+, so I am extremely lucky to make it into
bed before midnight with all the extra things I want to juggle whilst they
sleep.

I
like sleep and I actually miss tucking into bed at a reasonable hour it just
never seems to happen anymore. I have
been reading this Feather &
Black eBook, which you can fortunately download for free to give me some
welcome guidance so I can start getting more quality sleep again. I know I need to sort out the boys bedtime
routine as a priority to get them on track ready for school starting again in a
few weeks and I desperately need to create the right bedroom environment for
myself.

At
the moment my office is my bedroom as the house is being renovated, so I find
it very difficult to switch out of work mode to then nod off. The laptop sits there waiting for me to type
on it and it’s hard to resist refreshing social media a little more than is
necessary or I slowly start feeling a little panicked about all my blogging
deadlines…

I
do some good things to encourage sleep; I only have decaf tea or water of an
evening as the last thing I want is to be wide awake and alert at dropping off
to sleep time. Interestingly the
effects of caffeine can last up to 24 hours!!! I do not tend to take to long to
go to sleep when I finally leave my desk and stumble a few small feet to my bed
which is something I guess and probably in part down to my drinking choices.

Bedtime
for the boys is not as calm as it used to be as in the new house they now share
a bedroom, because this is a relatively new occurrence it does seem to have
unsettled them. Rather than quietly go
off separately now they are arguing for longer! Although I do follow the Feather & Black advice and ensure
they have a tidy room before they sleep. 
I think there is nothing worse than toys and books everywhere to
distract them from the essential business of nodding off. We also have those all-important black out
blinds so the boys do not realise the sun has come up!!! This morning they managed to stay in bed
till 8:15am, which I was quite impressed with, but this could be down to them
being exhausted from all the #XVAdventures
we have been doing.

Good
sleep is vital to cope with work and children, so hopefully with the help of
this useful eBook we might all get more of it!

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