When you’re there, I sleep lengthwise… and when you’re gone, I sleep diagonal in my bed.”—Phish
All my life, it never occurred to me that I might not make for a good bedfellow. I have obviously shared the bed with a few people in my day (boyfriends, lovers, friends, etc.) but I never realized that I am a bit of a bed hog. Or at least, it’s never been pointed out to me before. Last weekend, I realized I’m an offensive sleeper.
Not only do I steal the covers, I toss, I turn, and I keep poor Bryan awake in the process. There’s usually at least one point in the evening where he chokes on a mouthful of my hair, too. Sunday night, after a day spent at a farm in New Jersey, I took off my glasses, shut off the light on the nightstand, and we settled into our usual places. I know I was asleep at some point in the evening but I just couldn’t get comfortable.
“Can you move your leg?”
“Hey, I’m just going to rotate…”
“I’m sorry, my arm’s going limp.”
Yes. I’m THAT sleeper. The one who can’t just lie there and stay still; I insist on burdening Bryan with my bad bed habits.
At 4 in the morning, he had finally had enough and he asked if I’d like to join him downstairs for a breath of fresh air. With eyes hung over from sleep deprivation and still wearing our pajamas, Bryan and I made small chat and managed to laugh about our morning misfortune.
But I’m not so sure I’d be so jolly if he had kept me from getting my beauty sleep.
Most nights I go to sleep alone. It usually takes me some time to get comfortable but I can usually sleep soundly when I do eventually succumb to REM. I love snuggling with Bryan but I wonder if anyone else encounters the same problem when sharing a bed. In theory it’s beautiful; when put into practice, the art of spooning becomes problematic.
Once we returned to the comfort of a warm apartment, we did manage to sleep like babies until the alarm hit 6. It wasn’t the best way to greet a Monday morning to say the least.
Have you ever had to adjust your sleeping habits to accommodate for a plus one in the bed (this goes for furry friends, too!)?