Friday, May 6, 2011

Tucked In

By Heather Webber/ Heather Blake

It seems like over the past week (at the Malice Domestic conference and the Festival of Mystery) that I had a lot of conversations about sleep. Not how much we all were missing (and we were), but about how we sleep.

Some sleep with feet stuck out from under the blankets; some with blankets over their heads; some with a pillow wedged against their side.

Me? I do something I call “cocooning.” I basically have blankets pulled up to my nose and a pillow over my head. Usually looks like I’m in a cocoon. If I get really hot, the feet usually pop out. It’s quite the picture, I’m sure.

I also have to have a blanket—always. Even in the summer. If it’s really hot, hot, hot just a sheet, but there has to be some sort of covering. Not sure why, but if I don’t do it (even in hotels—I usually travel with my own blanket so I’m not skeeved out!), I’m just not going to get a good night’s sleep.

Is there a particular way you sleep?

18 comments:

Aimee said...

Two body pillows (so I can sleep comfortably on either side; my microfiber blanket (not shared - he has his own for marriage health purposes) of which I also have a travel version; my air purifier/white noise generator; the ceiling fan on medium; pitch black room; medium sized dog on my feet (my feet can NEVER be uncovered); with my lip balm (Burt's Bees regular) and hand lotion (Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream) within reach.

Some people call it neurotic but I am a chronic insomniac so my routine is VERY important.

Sue said...

I have my sound machine turned to ocean waves, one dog on the lower left corner of the bed, 3 pillows laying across the top of the bed, a sheet and light quilt to cover up with and another dog laying as close up against my back as she can get. Needless to say I don't move much at night.

Dru said...

The radio on a 30-minute timer and I rarely hear it going off; window slightly opened for fresh air; or if in hotel room temp at 65; room must be dark and quiet with a little light from outdoors or if in hotel, curtain slightly ajar; sheets untucked at both sides and always covered in a blanket and/or sheet and one comfortable pillow.

Sarita said...

I'm pretty adaptable at this point. No special needs!

Love the kitty photo. So sweet.

Kristine said...

LOL! Ilove it, Heather! You and my toddler sleep the exact same way :) I've got to be cool when I sleep, so it's usually minimal coverings and on my belly.

Barbara said...

The sleeping kitten is adorable. Like you, I have to have the weight of blankets to sleep even in summer. Come to think of it, I too look like I'm in a cocoon. My husband thinks I'm nuts.

Breaunna said...

I share the bed with my 12 pound rat terrier who must sleep without any gaps whatsoever between us! This is her rule, not mine. I start out with the blankets over my head to block out any noise or lights. I also have a sound machine/alarm clock which I have set to the "waterfall" sound. When I wake up in the morning, my dog is still right beside me but usually my blankets are kicked off and one or both legs are sticking out of the covers. I won't tell you what my hair looks like when I get up, that is not a pretty picture!

Chaplain Jan said...

I must, absolutely must, have a light in the room - just a small night light will do - or there will be NO sleep. I've been told that this is a form of PTSD dating back 40 years. But it is what it is. Also, like many of you, need a blanket or sheet covering me. And since I sleep on my side, a good, supportive pillow.

Min said...

I have to sleep on my back. I prefer to have my sheet, blanket, and quilt over me. If it's summer, I'll start with those layers and then peel until comfortable. Very occasionally, I'll keep one leg out of the sheet and drape it on top, but that's only if it's too cold with no sheets and too warm under the sheets.

But the most important part is that I sleep on my back. Nothing else will do!

Lynda said...

Sleep on my side, with 2 pillows. I get very warm when I sleep, so I often sleep without covers. I have a fan facing the bed (not hitting my head) with a remote that I keep under my pillow so I can turn it on or off without having to get up (so I don't wake up so much that I can't go back to sleep). Whenever weather permits, I want a window open for fresh air. One cat sleeps at my feet and the other wants to cuddle by my side for about an hour before going down by my feet. In the summer it's really warm with him there, but he's my baby, so I just sweat until he moves.

signlady217 said...

Most of the time I sleep on my stomach with my head turned to the right (the other direction hurts!) and the top of my head just touching the edge of the pillow (I don't actually use the pillow) and at least a sheet over me, and the sheets have to be untucked all the way around (you should see me fixing that in a hotel room!); and absolutely no socks, even in winter. Sometimes I move around more than others if joints, etc., start hurting and then I usually end up on my back somehow. I hate the white-noise machines, or other repetitive sounds like a ticking clock, but the radio on low is fine as long as it's on music and not talk radio; also can't sleep if the TV is on.

I guess you could say we are all the same but different. Sleep well, my friends!

Aurian said...

I like to tug the featherbed around me, cover my ears so the noise is diminshed. But I twist and turn so often during the night, I often awake from the cold.

Michele L. said...

Sounds like I am with the majority here. I have to sleep with covers on me. I like my blankets up over my head and then I poke my face out. I always fall asleep on my left side but wake up alot lying on my back.

I also have my lip balm and lotion next to my bed. My sound machine goes on and I usually pick between ocean waves or a rainstorm. I love my room pitch black. I have to have my shades pulled all the way down so the morning sun doesn't wake me up. Plus I have to sleep with my windows shut because I can't stand to have chirping birds outside my window wake me up.

There is a nice big tree outside my window that the birds hold their morning breakfast meeting in with much debate going on between them.

Vickie said...

I sleep in my own room, DH sleeps in the master bedroom. I like it cool with a fan blowing over me and DH likes it warm with the heater on and a wool blanket over him.
I have a body pillow on my right side, a regular pillow on my left side and a body pillow for my hips (had hip replacement when I was 44 and need the elevation as I sleep on my side).

Heather Webber said...

LOL--I LOVED reading these. How funny we all are with our different routines. I'm not sure I could sleep with a sound machine (noises at night drive me crazy) but we do sleep with the ceiling fan on all year long. I have to look into those body pillows. Sound so comfy.

Fiona said...

Covered from the top of my head to my toes, I'm rolled up in my blankets like a sausage. If I get too hot in the summer, I pop my head out. I love the kitten!

Books by Heather said...

Fiona, I love that kitten, too. So sweet. And am laughing at the sausage image. I probably look like that a lot of times too. :)

Danielle said...

First I have to put my dear husband to sleep by playing the little spoon. Once he is asleep then I flop around like a fish, sometimes for hours till I fall asleep. I always have a cover or some kind. I feel naked without one.