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I have been suffering with a bad case of insomnia, not helped by the imminent (albeit a few months off) birth of #AprilTheGiraffe’s young…

According to research, labour for giraffes lasts up to 7 days. But, April’s just on her 5th now. However, she’s showing signs that it’s coming even though she’s not entered the “active labour” stage. I’ve watched this for two nights straight, and believe that I could become a Giraffe midwife. I may not have the skills and qualifications, but I definitely have the experience of watching it. If there’s hope for Fartface across the pond, then there’s hope for me!

Anyway, this blog isn’t about #AprilTheGiraffe, although – it ruddy well should be! You can catch the LIVE feed on Facebook or YouTube, if you’d like to join me as I live life in the fast (albeit at snail’s pace) lane!

Conversations are going to be hilarious on Monday! “So, Miamii, how was your weekend? What did you do?” “Well, I watched April the Giraffe in New York give birth!” I’ll let you know what happens at my appraisal, don’t worry.

Anyway, so I’m currently suffering from sleep deprivation and insomnia. Having said that, seeing as it’s not the first time I’ve suffered with it, I’ve come up with a few tried (tired) and tested tricks to combat this.

1) drink Horlicks, Ovaltine, or a settling relaxing tea before kipping down for the night.

2) have a bath with relaxing oils and salts.

3) refrain from using your phone or any electronic devices a few hours earlier. The blue or white light keep us up, #fact!

4) listen to a settling podcast or playlist on Spotify. This’ll be sure to send you to the land of Z(ebras), forget April the Giraffe!

5) set an alarm for the next day, even if you’re not going anywhere (on a weekend) – let it wake you up even earlier. Your body will naturally start waking up earlier.

6) go to your room and get in bed earlier than usual, wear a sleep mask (covering your eyes), put some earplugs in and relax.

7) lead an active lifestyle. If you’re off work, go to the gym, work-out and do something productive/active, it’ll tire you out.

8) if you have a problem with racing thoughts, do some mindfulness. Let your mind settle. Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth – focusing on your breathing and nothing else. Count your breaths. That’ll help you fall asleep.

If you follow these steps, you’re bound to fall asleep and enter a deep dream state, naturally.

Also, it’s not necessarily a bad thing if you can’t get to sleep at night… An Old Wives Tale suggests that we’re awake at night because we’re in someone else’s dreams… 😘