The Apartment Diaries: An Insomniac’s Tips On How To Sleep During A Pandemic

It’s pretty much a scientific fact that everyone’s sleep is messed up right now, with explanations including circadian rhythms and heightened anxiety. But despite science validating our lack of sleep, it’s probably not helping us actually go to sleep.

Then there’s the dreams, whether they be more about potential catastrophe or green monkeys dancing on a plaid ceiling and your high school English teacher singing opera, chances are all this REM isn’t helping you want to sleep or stay asleep either.

Being in my apartment I have the added stimulus of street noise. You would think that when the roads have been apocalyptically empty that wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m hearing as many sirens as ever.

So as your resident insomniac, I’ve put together a list of things I’ve tried and tested, when it comes to catching some zzz’s.

Meditation

Clear your mind and breathe slowly and deeply (insert long uncomfortable silence here). There is a lot of evidence that suggests meditation is very good for us; or mind numbingly boring enough to make you snooze, depending which camp of thought you’re in. As someone with a whirring mind and a healthy dose of cynicism. I’ve never been particularly successful at mediation. But I have found that if I’m likely to actually get to the end of a meditation recording, a beginner’s guided meditation works best and on a couple of occasions it has sent me off to sleep. So if you can get on this bandwagon, it definitely has potential for finding peace, calm and SLEEP!

Soothing Music

Soothing music is supposed to gently lull you to sleep, but personally I find it just makes me wide awake and feeling like I’m stuck in a horror movie where SOMETHING IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN…
But hey there’s music out there for everyone, so you might be able to find your sleep jam. For me, the closest I’ve found is lightly classical music sung in foreign languages. I become too engaged in the music if I understand the lyrics. But if you’re hoping it will speak to your subconscious and teach it the language, I can promise you it doesn’t.

If You’re Not Tired – Get Up

This is actually the one I’ve found most effective. If I’m still lying awake at 1am and not really tired, I get up and start the morning’s work, then if I can, sleep in slightly in the morning to make up for it. I’ve found if I put myself to work, when I get back to bed I often fall straight asleep. If you can’t sleep in the next day however, that can also be to your advantage for restoring your circadian rhythm. Expert advice suggests getting up and doing something relaxing under low light, but personally I find productive activity works better for me.

Counting Sheep

100…500…5000!
Seriously, does this work for anybody?
But hey give it a go, you could be the first.

Read A Book

Most people swear by this one, but I get too wrapped up in the book. I have on one occasion, finished a book at about 3am, but the cliffhanger was so intense I started the next one and couldn’t make myself put in down till about 4.30am. (I never said I was the queen of good decisions.)

If In Doubt Self Medicate

Preferably with a glass of vino and accompanying cheese board…but a sleeping tablet works too. I do of course have to disclaimer that this one isn’t actually a good idea on a regular basis. But you do you.

If you’re still struggling to sleep and would like some expert advice check out this link. And stay tuned for my next apartment diary, coming soon.

Krystal xx

The Apartment Diaries: What Can Happen In 24 Hours

The world has locked down and the love of my life (travel) has disappeared, while the second love of my life (beauty) seems to only appear when video chatting. So what is a blogger to do, when her loves are somewhat less present that usual?

The answer came to me as I walked through the door of my inner city apartment after returning to it for level 3. Bring the world into my little bubble. It was instantly obvious to me that living in a tiny city apartment during a period of lockdown was going to have its challenges and why not share these experiences either to amuse or commiserate with others.

In the apartment I’m in, I’ve kept it pretty small and contained because I travel a lot and basically just need a hotel room I keep permanently. The place is also fully furnished and minutes walk from everything. So usually it’s ideal. But like with any place, things can go wrong and it all seemed to after I arrived back.

After traveling I had to sanitize everything as a precaution against some pesky little virus that’s going around. In a larger home with outdoor living this wouldn’t be a problem, but it hadn’t occurred to me until I got back to my apartment that I had about a square foot of carpet to clean my suitcase on and hang a clothes rack. There was no outdoor space to put these things and it was literally an obstacle course to get to my draws, my desk or anywhere else I needed to get to within my bedroom and living space.

Then I was foolish enough to look in my well stocked freezer for some lunch. I’d purposely stocked it well before we locked down so I didn’t have to immediately navigate the supermarkets upon my return. But mysteriously, some of the food had defrosted, while everything remained frozen. And of course it was the more perishable items that had defrosted. With no idea how long they had been like that, I was suddenly confronted with deciding if they were safe to eat and when I decided they were now needing to come up with some things to cook them in. And all I wanted was some lunch.

After a day of traveling, cooking and climbing over the obstacle course of all the things I was cleaning. I jumped into bed, soooo ready for sleep. But my apartment is not quite done messing with me and one of the mattress boards collapsed, leaving the bed sagging in the middle. Fortunately being someone with a little ingenuity, I manage to fix it. But you can bet I’m cursing up a storm in my head the entire time.

So for a place that was supposed to be all set for me coming home, it wasn’t quite the first day back I planned. Keep an eye out for my next apartment diary as I continue to journal what it’s like being in an apartment in a time where we’re all staying inside.

Krystal xx

Why Now Might Be The Perfect Time To Travel

Coronavirus. Covid-19. The words that are on everybody’s tongues. It’s everywhere, it’s now a global pandemic. So what’s the advice? Wash your hands and don’t travel.

Yes maybe globalization is why the virus spread in the first place. But only now that it’s spread are we questioning if travel is a good idea. But consider this: cities and tourist centers ghost towns, tourist operators are struggling and airfares are at an all time low. So perhaps it’s time to turn the conversation and consider that now might be the perfect time to travel*.

Person Holding World Globe Facing Mountain

Advantages include little to no wait time to visit attractions because queues are a thing of the past, when coronavirus is in town. Your photos will be epic, because all those other pesky tourists won’t be accidentally photobombing them. Plus, flights and accommodation are cheap because they desperately need your patronage.

Coronavirus has now infected every continent except Antarctica, so you’re probably as likely to catch it in pretty much any country now. But if you need to self isolate after your holiday, consider it an extra two weeks vacation. Think about how much progress you’ll make on that novel or bod with two weeks of nothing you have to do.

Woman Walking on Pathway While Strolling Luggage

The disadvantages of travelling during the coronavirus outbreak are simple, if the borders are closed in a country where you’re travelling, getting home may become a bit more difficult and accommodation may suddenly become a much bigger expense. Travelling can put you at more risk to catching the virus, and while you might survive fine, it can put other people around you at risk.

So is it worth it? I’ll let you weigh up the odds**.

Man Wearing White Shirt, Brown Shorts, and Green Backpack Standing on Hill

*Only travel if you are in the low risk category and are willing to self isolate for 2 weeks after your return so you don’t pass any potential virus on.

**This article is not intended to replace official advice, merely offer some lighthearted relief.