Once again it is time for Tuesday 4 where Annie asks 4 thematic questions. This week is all about our sleep habits. It made me think about how erratic mine are.
Monday, June 20, 2022
This is one of the songs I would sing when I was getting my babies sleep. Fortunately for me, babies are not music critics!
1. Do you have a set bedtime that you stick to?
No and since I was old enough to determine what time I would go to sleep I never have. I like the late night and when everyone else is winding down my brain kicks into overdrive and will not allow me to sleep. What to drive me close to insanity? Tell me I have to be in bed by 10 every night. I rarely am ready for bed before midnight, but most nights I get in bed between 2 and 3 a.m. Once in bed I read until I fall asleep. Sometimes it is quickly, but often I am still reading at daybreak.
2. What kind of sleep attire do you prefer and why is that?
In the winter I either sleep in a flannel gown that has been cut off to upper thigh level, or I sleep in a flannel pajama top. I can't stand anything but sheets actually touching my legs at night. Blankets on the bed are fine, but they can't touch me.
In the summer I sleep in very short nightgown with spaghetti straps. Same thing__nothing but the sheet can touch my legs.
3. Do you have a night time routine before bed? I shower in the morning but in the summer I often shower one again at night. If I don't take a shower I do a quick spit bath thing regardless of the season.
I brush my teeth for 3 minutes every night before bed, then use the Waterpick, followed by a Listerine swish for 20 seconds.
I clean my face with a makeup removed, then dab some micellar water on a cotton pad and run it over my face. Next I take coconut oil and massage it into my face leaving it on for a couple of minutes. The next step is steaming my face, then a really good rinse followed by wiping it with a hot damp wash cloth. I try to do this before I even begin to think about going to be so it is done and out of the way before I ever get sleepy.
I don't eat before bedtime, mainly because I am not hungry then.
4. Quilts? Coverlet? Fluffy comforters? Woolen blankets? What do you need to sleep comfortably?
I have a fall winter bed and a spring summer bed.
In the fall and winter I have a heavy bedspread, a blanket, and of course top and bottom sheets.
In the summer I use sheets and a white coverlet on the bed. I do keep a quilt my MIL made on the foot of the bed, but it is for ornamentation rather than use.
What I can't do without is pillows. We have 7 pillows on our bed. TheHub uses three and I use four, though one of them is strictly on the bed as a place to rest my Kindle while I am reading in bed.
And now that it is near midnight, I am going to get off the computer, take a shower and begin to get ready for bed. Doesn't mean I am anywhere near ready to go to sleep, but the ritual takes time and is better done before I am actually sleepy.
Y'all jump on in, and play!
This was the other bedtime song I sang to them regularly. I can't say they preferred one to the other.