Category Archives: Sleep education

A road trip from Cape Town to Joburg – with small kids!

“We drove to Jo’burg!” boasts my four-year old who survived a total of four days in the car as we journeyed from Cape Town to Johannesburg and back again in a period of 10 days. She shared the backseat with her two-year-old brother. Wait, she is not done: “And we’re never doing that again!” Indeed,…
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How to power nap at work

Who wouldn’t want to get all of the benefits of a power nap? Just look at this list… • Improved mood • Increased alertness • Fewer mistakes and accidents • Better logic and memory • Decreased sleepiness • Faster task completion However, to make the power nap part of your workday, you will need to…
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How caffeine is impacting your sleep

Caffeine is a useful health product that can aid productivity and even lengthen your lifespan. However, high levels of caffeine after 2pm can mess with your sleep because you simply don’t get the rest that you need to succeed. Caffeine is a stimulant that increases your metabolic rate by stimulating your heart and brain to…
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How to kick the habit of going to bed too late

Going to bed too late has a negative impact on the quality of your sleep. Push your body and brain too far passed that initial sunset sleepiness and you will find yourself struggling to beat the stress hormones into submission. Moving into the ‘over-tired’ zone and relying on adrenaline to conquer your evening goals (be…
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Crazy critter sleep facts

Is there anything cuter than sleepy, baby animals? Why yes, a whole blog post dedicated to sleepy, baby animals. Read on to discover a bunch of weird and wonderful sleep facts about our furry (and not so furry) friends!   • Rhinos are big and bold and are brave enough to sleep lying down. They…
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Simple tips for dealing with insomnia

Insomnia is a disorder characterised by difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep. Many sufferers get into bed at an acceptable hour but take longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep and report multiple night wakings. In severe cases, the periods of sleeplessness stretch on for hours. This means that those that suffer from insomnia live…
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How a warm bath brings on sleep

A warm bath before bedtime is part of most childhood bedtime routines and can bring about better sleep. What is it about a dip in warm water that gets kids (and adults) to fall asleep easier? Warm water causes relaxation of body and mind Warm water helps your body relax- it loosens stiff muscles, soothes…
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How to clean your mattress

Mattresses can harbor all kinds of nasty things. Allergens like mould, pet hair, skin flakes and dust can be fought with fresh air and a good dose of cleaning. Nothing feels better than clean. Step 1: Wash Remove all bedding and mattress covers and give them a good wash. Step 2: Sprinkle Sprinkle the mattress…
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Grab a shower first thing in the morning

A cold shower is a powerful wake up call. If you battle to get your game on in the morning, then why not take a cold shower first thing after waking? Cold water wakes you up and gets your respiratory and circulatory systems firing. Think quick, short breaths accompanied by a heart pounding in your…
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A better night’s sleep with this homemade sleep salve

This recipe was found on Heartful Habits blog and we just love it! Salves are healing balms that can be inhaled, rubbed onto pulse points or used as massage oil. This particular salve incorporates many of the essential oils that we featured on our previous blog ‘Oils that help trigger sleep’. Here’s what you need to…
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