As y’all know, I won’t ask questions I have no intention of answering, so here are my answers.
Do you have a “before bed” ritual that you do, well… before going to bed? If so, how long have you had this ritual? How uncomfortable are you if you cannot, for some reason, perform it? I’m totally not one for rituals. Never have been. The closest I come to having a “before bed” ritual is taking off my pants, because I can’t sleep with them on. So if I have to sleep with my pants on, I’m very uncomfortable. Ha!
Does sleeping in someone else’s space make you uneasy? or can you sleep anywhere? Depends on the person I suppose, but for the most part, I can sleep pretty much anywhere, any time, and with any one (and I mean sleep as in close my eyes and loose consciousness). I’m one of those people that know that I only have so many hours in the day and so much time to sleep, better get my zzzz’s in while the getting is good. So yep, I’ll sleep when I can, where I can, and I don’t care who’s with me. Not to say that I don’t have my periods of sleeplessness, I do, but for the most part, I’m good.
Where is the strangest place you’ve spent the night? How well did you sleep there, if at all? There was this one time, I went up to the top of a mountain on a date. The sight was breathtaking and the date was… mediocre at best. Anyway, we got a flat tire on the way down and he freaking left me in his truck while he went down the mountain to find help for his tire (this was before the age of cell phones). It was kind of weird and creepy to be sitting in a stranded truck on the side of a deserted mountain road for most of the night. I mean, I couldn’t see anything but trees all around me. I was a city girl for the most part and had no idea what was “out there.” He didn’t return until morning when I found out that he hadn’t gotten far, he’d found some “friends” at a camp not too far from where we’d broken down and passed out there. I didn’t get much sleep because a) it was nearly 2 in the morning when we started down the mountain and 2) I was uneasy the whole time I was sitting in this stupid truck.
Needless to say, I never returned that asshole’s phone calls again.
When you were a child, did you have a preferred blanket or toy you couldn’t sleep without? Not that I remember. My mother tells me that I had a stuffed lamb when I was a kid that I used to call “Amby” and couldn’t sleep without it for the longest time, but I don’t remember it.
If you could build the perfect mattress for you, what would it be made of? Pillows! Dozens and dozens of pillows! Pillows of all shapes, sizes, and states of firmness. I’d have them in a big pile with a frame to keep them from spilling all over the floor. When I lived in my motor home, my bed consisted of this little foam mattress, and to keep my back from completely going out on me, I bought a bunch of pillows. It was heaven. What I particularly liked about it was that I could rearrange them to suit my body’s particular ache or pain on any given time. I might buy a bunch of pillows again some day and recreate that, because while I like having an adjustable bed, it still only adjusts to very fixed positions.
Do you sleep with your bedroom door opened or closed? or does it matter? I sleep with the bedroom door open right now, but it took me a long time to be able to do so. Like about a week. It made me very uncomfortable at first. But I started sleeping with the door open because if I don’t, the pets will make a fuss, and it’s easier to keep the door open than to listen to their ruckus.
What is the longest consecutive period of time time you’ve gone without sleep? When I was manic one time… I went for five days without sleep. Five days of cleaning the apartment and five days of… mania. It wasn’t pretty.
Contrarily, what’s the longest consecutive period of time you’ve slept? I had pneumonia once and slept for three straight days. My family tells me that they woke me up to take care of bodily functions, but I don’t remember anything from the time I fell into my bed “not feeling well” until I woke up three days later.
Have you been informed that you snore? or do you sleep with someone who snores? What, if anything, do you do about it? I do snore whenever my sinuses are acting up… I wake myself up with the noise. My husband, Douglas, he snores too. He’s got it bad. I had to kick him to the other side of the house because I wasn’t getting any sleep with him snoring blissfully in my ear all night. Now we both get a good night’s sleep.
Everyone dreams, it’s a scientific fact, but do you — in general — remember your dreams? I don’t remember all of them, but I do remember them in general. More like, “Man, that was a weird dream.” Then it’s gone.
Do you think that the dreams you remember are significant in any way? I was told a long time ago that dreams are our brain’s way of “getting rid of the garbage”. That they are either memories, things we heard, hopes, fears, or just bits of things our brain has been holding on to that it doesn’t know what else to do with, so we dream about it, and it goes away. I think some of my dreams are just that… my brain purging itself of the flotsam and jetsam it picks up in every day life.
Then I think there are dreams that connect this person that is Patience to other people who are also Patience in alternative universes. Like I’m riding along in their heads for the duration of the dreams. Because I’m dreaming about my life but it’s not quite my life. And some days, when I feel like I’m just kind of drifting along the day — as if in a dream — I kind of feel as though another Patience must be dreaming about me. It’s just a hypothesis.
How difficult/easy is it for you to go to sleep once you lie down at night? and/or wake up once you get out of bed? It’s pretty easy for me to go to sleep once I lay down… When I did my sleep study not too long ago, they said that I fell asleep in less than five minutes every time I lay down. So yeah… I have my nights when it’ll take upwards to a half an hour, but for the most part, I fall asleep fairly easily (I also have meds to help with that). And being fatigued most of the time also helps… I’m also one of those people that pop out of bed every morning and say, “Yep, I’m awake.” and I’m awake. Okay, I don’t pop out of bed anymore. It’s more like a slow roll, but I’m awake as soon as I open my eyes. Unlike the hubs who takes hours (literally, hours) to wake up. Not to say that I don’t have my times when it’s hard to get my motor running in the mornings, which is why we have the wonderful invention of coffee. I do, but on average… I’m good to go.
Have you ever had an episode of sleep paralysis? More than once. It’s not fun.
Do you wear bedclothes of any kind? or do you prefer to be au naturel when slipping under the covers? I can’t even conceive of going to bed without clothes on. What if there was a fire? Nope. Not gonna happen. I generally wear the shirt I have on that day or a muumuu type garment. Nothing fancy, but it’s gotta be something! The hubs, on the other hand, is au naturel.
If you have pets — cats, dogs, and the like — do they share your sleeping space or is it a “humans only” area? I have a queen sized bed. Since the husband has been banished to another room (he’s comfortable there), the pets take up the other half of the bed. Some how or another, I often end up on the edge of my bed and have to chase them back to “their side” even though they are two small dogs. They take up a lot of room. More often than not, I’ll also wake up with a cat on my face.
When it comes to going to bed and waking up, are you on a schedule (bed by X up at Y) or do you just go with the flow of your body’s rhythms? Since I’m disabled, I totally let my body do the talking. I haven’t used an alarm clock in over a decade. I do try to get to bed before midnight-thirty, but other than that… I’m all about letting my body decide when to sleep and when to wake up. Though (as mentioned above) it’s my cat who decides that it’s time for me to get up, because the poor thing is starving by 8 am.
Have you ever had hypnagogic hallucinations? They’re very common… Yep, I get them a lot. I used to think that they were part of my bipolar until I was able to get online and found out that they’re actually common amongst the general populace. Just the mind dumping the garbage early I suppose. 🙂
Can you sleep without blankets? or must you have something covering you when you sleep? I’ve got to have a blanket on me, no matter how hot it is. At the very least, a sheet. Something! I can’t sleep without a blanket. I don’t know if it’s my lizard brain telling me that everything will be okay so long as I have something covering me, or what, but it’s gotta be there.
Do you need silence to sleep? white noise? or do fall in the middle and can sleep no matter what’s going on in the background? I can fall asleep no matter what’s going on in the background. That being said, if it’s too quiet and I’m having difficulties falling asleep, I’ll need to turn the music on. I had that problem when I lived in Mississippi. Small town, no traffic, no real *noise* to speak of. I slept with the radio on just to have noise.
Do you have any superstitions or taboos regarding the bedroom and/or sleeping? For example, no shoes and/or hats on the bed. I feel uncomfortable if someone puts their shoes on the bed… I really do. And I absolutely cannot sleep if my hand or foot is hanging off of the bed (monsters you know). Yep, I’m a grown woman of half a century, and I admit that I cannot sleep with my foot (or hand) off the bed because the monster under the bed will grab it and drag me to wherever it is that monsters take their prey. Sue me. 😛