A lot of sleeping goes on in books — especially romance novels. Of course, a lot of not sleeping goes on, too, but that’s a topic for another blog.
I was out of town recently, and my sister and I shared a hotel room at one point. “Which side of the bed do you take,” she asked. “I have to sleep on the window side.”
I thought about it. At home, I sleep on the side closest to the bathroom. (Too much information?) In hotels, I sleep on the side with the clock.
“The clock?” My sister was flabbergasted. “Who sleeps on the side with the clock? What difference does that make?”
Got me. All I know is, given the choice, I always pick the side by the clock and furthest from the TV (so I can read in relative peace).
I got to thinking about all the variables: twin, full, queen, king. One pillow, two, more than two. Quilt or duvet or bedspread. By the clock, bathroom, window — whatever. Night light or pitch dark? Silent or TV for company? Covers, or no covers?
And more than that — there are the positions: back, side or stomach. Early to bed or late? Read in bed or jump in and turn out the lights? Sleep alone, as a couple, with kids and/or pets? Pajamas or not? Toss and turn or sleep like a log? Dream or no dreams? Wake up with or without an alarm?
The whole concept of sleep seems incredibly complicated when I really think about it. By now, I’m wondering how we manage to sleep at all, after making all those decisions. Which might explain why I’m debating these issues at 3:30 in the morning instead of sleeping like a normal person.
So, tell me — what about you? How do you sleep?