Interestingly, this leads into today's post. I've had sleep habits on the brain lately -- specifically what makes me comfortable, both mentally and physically, so that I can sleep.
I can actually nap just about anywhere and almost at a moment's notice. To wit:
- I take a 5-10 minute nap almost every afternoon around 1:30. If I'm busy and can't do it then, I shoot for around 4:00, when my girls are usually deeply into their library books and not running amok.
- I have napped on sofas, in comfortable chairs, on uncomfortable benches, and in planes, trains, and automobiles.
- I almost always nap on long driving trips. I'll be hit by a wave of lethargy that I just can't fight and I'm asleep within moments. (No, never while I'm the driver.)
- I have nearly fallen asleep in various children's museums while my girls have been happily scampering around.
- I have even napped in the middle of a major college football game. Pre-kids, Pete and I used to have season tickets for our alma mater (Go Hoos!) and went to every home game for years. One game, I was so bored that I leaned back in my stadium seat and got some Zzzzzzz's.
- This fall, when I watched my nephew Micah on Football Game Saturdays, if he fell asleep in my arms, the chances were pretty good that I would doze too.
I am, however, a little pickier about sleeping at night. My pillows have to be just so. I have to have the right combination of sheets and blankets on the bed. Pete can be curled around me, but I don't like it if his hands are on my bare skin, so he knows to make sure my shirt is covering my stomach. I am just too ticklish for it to be any other way.
As for my pajamas, I am firmly in the 100% cotton camp and it's always pajamas, not nightgowns. A T-shirt and capri bottoms in the warm months; a long sleeve shirt and long baggy bottoms in the cold months. Yes, I know, this is really quite sex-ay, but Pete knows how I am. I actually got all sorts of slinky, silky bits of lingerie before we got married and took it all on our honeymoon. About halfway through our trip, it was so obvious that I was uncomfortable that Pete actually asked if I'd packed any of my usual cotton PJs. I don't want to wear something that's going to cause me to slide right out of the bed in the middle of the night.
About our bedroom: I prefer for it to be soothing. Our walls are a very pale blue and there's not a lot of color in our room at all. There are only a few paintings on the walls and they're soothing landscapes. I have no curtains on the windows -- just blinds to block light when the sun comes up. There are no books in our room and also no TV. I try to keep things as clear of clutter as possible. If I could have a Zen bedroom -- just a simple bed and nothing else -- I'd be quite happy.
How about everyone else? What helps you sleep?