Friday, October 27, 2006

How do you sleep?

I guess everyone has a unique way of sleeping. I usually sleep on my side. I have four pillows, two regular size, a bolster type, and a small travel pillow. I keep a heating pad under the pillows, just in case my back hurts. My sleeping style was developed from my snoring and having carpel tunnel syndrome. I wore wrist braces for five years while sleeping, until I had carpel tunnel release surgery on one wrist in 1996. After that I was no longer bothered by it, because I learned to keep my wrists straight while I type and while I sleep. I have my head on one pillow, I hug the other one, I keep my wrists straight on the bolster pillow, and the travel pillow stays tucked under my chin to keep my mouth closed! I have found that the best to prevent snoring is to breathe through your nose, and that little pillow has worked wonders for me. I have also discovered that I have less sinus problems, because my nose stays clear. My bedroom is my inner sanctum. I keep it cool and dark. I can close up my bedroom even on the sunniest day and make it as dark as night in there. This works great if I take a nap in the daytime. I never slept enough when I was working. Now that I am retired, I always make sure that I sleep eight hours a night. If I feel a little fatigued in the day, I take a short nap, then I am refreshed. Ahhh! I am so lucky, I love my life!


Hari said...
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Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Wow...what a sleeping ritual! And so many pillows.

My sleeping habits are very boring. I can fall asleep with or without a pillow and I fall asleep in about 15 to 30 seconds after getting into bed. So, I don't know in what position I sleep, but I do snore (according to Jimmy ) and if I respond honestly to this, I have even woken myself up with my snoring...But I'll have to kill you if you tell anyone. *LOL* It'll be our little secret.

I do know that I'm usually clutching the tv remote because I need the tv on to fall asleep and I'm usually searching for something interesting to watch, which I never get to see, because I can't stay awake.

jellyhead said...

hi Tuff :)

That all sounds very complicated! but hey, whatever works, right?!

I'm boring - just one pillow, sleep on side or back. I don't think I usually snore, but I too will confess to occasionally having woken myself up with a snort! (shhhh!)

Bob Cuddy said...

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Eternally Curious said...

I've always been able to fall asleep anywhere, anytime, any (prone) positoin (hubby, on the other hand, can even fall asleep sitting up), and with or without a pillow, but never more than 1.

Motherkitty said...

Happy Halloween to one of my favorite ghoul friends.

Kerri said...

I like the way you write about the everyday mundane stuff sometimes :) I'm glad you've worked out some good solutions that work for you.
I sometimes sleep with a pillow between my knees to keep my hips/spine straight. I've had my share of back problems. They're not fun.
When I occasionally have trouble falling asleep I use Melatonin, which is a supplement. It works great and doesn't make you heavy-headed in the morning.