Because We’re Serious About Sleep Around Here

A few nights ago I was in the middle of getting ready for bed when I decided I should turn on my little portable fan that sits on the floor and blows cold air on me all night. My entire reason for turning it on a little early, as opposed to right before I actually hopped in bed, is because in my quirky thinking I just knew that the 10 minutes extra it would blow would cool down my room to the perfect temperature. Listen, when you have two roommates, you all have to make sacrifices and compromise here and there. So while turning down the air conditioning would be my preference, I’ve decided it’s best not to freeze out my roommates.

Anyway, this is getting really long. And so far I’ve only discussed turning on my fan.

What I’m trying to get at is that when I turned the knob to β€œon” all it did was run its puny little motor and almost caught fire. By almost caught fire I mean it smelled a little like smoke so I freaked out, turned it off, and unplugged it right away.

Immediately following I announced to my roommates and to the world that my fan had just died. My faithful, portable fan of nine years that lulls me to sleep every night. Yes, I am co-dependent on my fan and not the least bit ashamed.

It may have died of old age and over-use, or all the dust in the motor, but I’m just going to believe its time was up.

Needless to say, I slept in silence with only a ceiling fan. Thankfully, I was so tired that I feel asleep pretty quick, but I did wake up nearly every hour both sweating profusely all the while wondering if the noises I was hearing was somebody trying to break into our apartment, or just normal, nightly noises.

My white-noise producing fan is my best friend.

I didn’t wait 24 hours before I marched myself to Target and stood in the β€œfan” aisle for nearly 30 minutes while researching every last portable fan. Eventually, I threw the β€œVornado” in my basket, purchased it, and took it home for a test drive that evening. I have labeled it the Lexus of all fans. Listen, y’all. I have issues.

But if I know one thing to be true, I know that we here at LPM are serious about our sleep.

Although I am a big fan of sleep, I also tend to be a night owl and am one of those folks who can run on five or six hours of sleep, but it’s obvious I tend to be a snob about my sleeping situations.

I got so tickled about all this fan drama that I decided it would be fun to publicly display our quirky sleeping patterns. We know we all have them.

For instance, on top of the must-have oscillating buzz, I also have a ceiling fan that runs all night long, and I sleep with a total of three pillows, one for my head and two on either side of me. It’s so complicated, y’all. And we all know there are things I’m keeping to myself. You’re so welcome.

I know you know what’s coming next.

What are your MUST HAVES for a good night sleep? Do tell. I’m dying to know. If only to make myself feel so much better about my drama this week revolving around a little fan. Grin.

Oh, and happy Friday. May your weekend be full of sweet, uninterrupted sleep.


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  1. 1
    Melissa Ford says:

    Recipe for a good night’s sleep for Melissa in Midlothian:
    A) husband next to me( if he is out of town large pillows will suffice for one or two nights)
    B) FANS(2)
    C) heavy blanket
    D) healthy kids that will not wake me up for anti-itch cream (bug bites) or Motrin for fevers/sore throat

    • 1.1
      Lindsee says:

      Heavy blanket! Yes! I cannot sleep with just a sheet over me. So pitiful! πŸ™‚

      • christina says:

        I am the same! I can’t sleep if I’m hot, but I can’t sleep with just a sheet over me either. The fans were mandatory for many, many years. When my sinus doctor told me never, ever to sleep with a fan blowing on me I thought I would never sleep again.

      • Traci says:

        I can’t either. Drives my husband crazy!

  2. 2
    Amy Hawk says:

    Oh Girl!!! I am NUTS about my fan too! And it has to run on Level 3 HIGH, or what’s the point??? My husband of 17 years has finally gotten used to it! LOL

    I also sleep with a huge pillow between my knees. My husband calls it, “The Monster”. I need my monster. Also, I must have a glass of milk and a snack (preferably chocolate) right before bed. This is non-negotiable. I look forward to it every night. Lord help me if He sends us on a mission trip. God bless you and THANKS for a delightful post!:)

    • 2.1
      Lindsee says:

      I’ve created a habit by having a glass of chocolate almond milk before bed. I don’t think it’s a good habit necessarily, but it’s mighty tasty! πŸ™‚

  3. 3
    Danielle says:

    So funny! I have to sleep- comfortably- in total darkness. My hubby is a night owl, and often stays up later than me. I don’t really fall asleep until he climbs in bed and starts snoring. There’s also a few other things I will keep to myself πŸ™‚

  4. 4
    Dawn Ramirez says:

    A large glass of water on my nightstand. And the funny thing is, I rarely drink it. But, on the very few occasions I have gone to bed without it, I gave been tossing and turning all night long. There may or may not be a connection between the two, but I do not intend to find out! I have not forgotten my water in nearly 2 years and I also haven’t had a restless night of sleep in this same timeframe. And that is really saying something considering that I have had major surgery, fractured my skull and been on chemo during this time. So, I may be neurotic when it comes to my glass of water, but hey, whatever works!

    • 4.1
      Lindsee says:

      Oh my word, I do the EXACT same thing. You can ask anyone that’s lived with me. It’s like I start choking in bed if I don’t have a glass of water on my nightstand. Ha ha!

      • Traci says:

        I promise I’m not stalking you but same here with the water thing. It is there but I hardly ever use it. Bothers me when it isn’t there to the point I give up and go get it. Maybe my mama always put a glass of water on my nightstand, I have no idea!

  5. 5
    Danielle says:

    One of the best things about living alone is getting to set the thermostat where you want it! I live in Phoenix, and today it’s supposed to be 112 degrees. Most of the year, even with the a/c set to 72 in the summer and 65 in the winter (set a little higher when it’s over 110 so it doesn’t burn out), I sleep on TOP of my covers. I can’t stand to have anything over my feet; and I wear pjs so that my sweaty legs aren’t touching each other. I keep a squirt bottle of water next to my bed to mist myself when I get too hot, and a reusable water-bottle of cold water to swig from when I wake up frequently during the night due to the heat. My ceiling fan is on all year, as is my a/c. I also have a tower fan near my head and my alarm clock makes ocean wave sounds near my feet; both to help me block out my neighbor’s noise (the worst part about living alone is often not being able to afford a bigger place so you always have neighbors who are too young to realize how obnoxious their past-midnight on a work night video games are). My latest favorite find from a farmer’s market is a Peppermint Mister (peppermint oil emulsion) that you squirt yourself and your bedding with. It’s cooling and smells lovely.

  6. 6
    Sierra says:

    Lindsay- you are so funny and cute! I completely understand the need for a fan! I ‘have’ to sleep with a black sock over my eyes (weird? yep) to block out any iota of light and we have a wind turbine,, going all night long. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one with quirky sleep issues!! I do live in MN though and it is still chilly here so we don’t have to deal with being hot at night yet.

    • 6.1

      I need to know this trick for my Alaska journeys for birds. Do you just lay the sock over your eyes or is there a way to clamp it down tighter? Seriously, the eye masks still let in light. This may be the size of my nose (!) causing open spots. Yes, I’m laughing WITH you! HELP?

      • Pam says:

        Target has a great mask with a roll built into it that holds it down around your nose. It keeps out every speck of light, and you can adjust the Velcro strap to make for a snug fit that suits you. They have it in the health and beauty dept. Have fun on your trip!

  7. 7
    Anne says:

    My 6’5″ hubby in my little queen size bed with my 9lb. Yorkie at my feet. My 2 boys happily sleeping I’m their beds and of course a fan on!

  8. 8
    jcee says:

    Ceiling fan
    Floor box fan
    Mini Aussie Shepherd
    Four pillows

    Praying you all have a great week-end!
    Sorry to hear about your fan Lindsee. Moments
    like those can be almost unbearable. (Is it “unbearable
    or “imbearable?”) prayerfully, you catch what I mean.
    So glad you found a new one; praying y get some good
    sleep, too.
    Our sovereign God’s blessings to all you.

  9. 9
    Audrey says:

    Three pillows minimum. Ceiling fan on. Earplugs in (husband is a grizzly bear of a snorer). Window open preferably. Everyone else in bed before me is also a must (I live with teenagers). Congrats on your new Vornado.

  10. 10
    Sharon J. says:

    Thank you Lindsee!!!
    I tossed and turned last night and I figued it out this morning… my ceiling fan was on med. and not high..ugh

    I must also have my flat pancake pillow wherever I go..I have tried to go to hotels without it…not good.
    and with all the puffy pillows out there..pancake pillows are hard to find..LOL
    Have a great weekend of sleeping!!!

    • 10.1
      Karen says:

      Redfield, AR
      I’m the same about my flat pillow & taking it to motels, and they are hard to find! Use 2 fans & add extra portable air conditioner in summer to get the bedroom cooler than the rest of the house.. Must have a bottle of water–take a drink before turning off the light.

  11. 11
    Kristi says:

    I have been sleeping with the white noise of a fan for 55 years. I am a snob about it too. My friends when I was younger never understood now they sleep with an app for it!

  12. 12
    Tina says:

    Well, for me who spent years on sleeping pills… If I would sleep 4 hours undisturbed I would be on cloud nine! The Bible study ladies would always be praying for my sleep…God bless them all.

  13. 13
    Leslie Crawley says:

    WOW!! I had to smile at this blog topic – I too have sleeping issues! Awhile back I was not sleeping well and someone said to make sure my room was dark because Melatonin is supposedly produced better in our bodies in a dark room (have not looked this up yet πŸ™‚ so don’t know how accurate this is πŸ™‚ Our bedroom is in front of house where the street lamp shines brightly at night πŸ™‚ ( Who developed the plans for this house anyway??? (Yours truly!) We have black out shades PLUS I sleep with hot pink sleep mask and hot pink ear plugs – don’t know what the hot pink has to do with it but that’s what was available at the local Wal-Mart! SO – there you have it – how I sleep best – ever since wearing mask I sleep like a baby most of the time! THANKS for asking – fun to be vulnerable with you all!
    Joy to all,

  14. 14
    patti Reavis says:

    How funny to think about this. I have to have a bottle of water, total darkness (Alaska was difficult), and a blanket. Temperature needs to be cold enough that you don’t want to get out of bed, even when nature calls in the middle of the night.

  15. 15
    Laura says:

    I’m such a high maintenance sleeper, I can’t even get into all my issues! But Lindsee, I will tell you that the Vornado is the BEST. Honeywell fans end up making this clicking sound with the motor that keeps me awake rather than lulls me to sleep. The Vornado is the best. They are more expensive but worth it!!!! Enjoy and happy sleeping!!!!

    • 15.1
      Lindsee says:

      It really makes me so happy that I have someone out there vouching for the Vornado. πŸ™‚

      • Lindsey says:

        Ladies. I have the Vornado that is life sized. Like comes up to my hip standing up. Got it in college and it has been stellar for nine years. It’s currently poised on my side of the bed aimed at my head lest my other two fans not be sufficient on a hot night. And let’s not forget a little peanut shaped pillow to tuck under my arm as I sleep and the white noise from my two babes’ rooms piping through the monitor. Oh sweet sleep. Hilarious!!

      • Lindsey says:

        All that to say jn my previous reply… I gave a guest our room tonight so I am missing some key sleep elements which is PRECISELY why I am reading and responding to this post after midnight ….. I CAN’T SLEEP!!! Ha!

  16. 16
    Addie Blanc says:

    A heavy blanket and a pitcher of water….lol…I get really hot in the middle of night (probably due to my heavy blanket) and I need water to cool me down…it would be easier to sleep with just a sheet but then i feel too cold…ha

  17. 17
    Becca says:

    NO FANS here!
    If I sleep with a ceiling fan on, I wake up sick. I wouldn’t mind portable fans so much, it’s just that I’m super-sensory all around. So the noise keeps me up… I WILL hear a rhythm in it, or the lack of rhythm in it, and it WILL distract me like a mosquito in my ear, or the constant dripping of Chinese water torture. If air is blowing on me, I want to beat it up. Seriously. I’m just so hyper-aware of the moving air’s presence that I feel like tattling “It’s touching me!”

    NO ticking clocks.

    I typically don’t sleep well regardless, but I’d rather be somewhat comfortable and relaxed amidst not sleeping well so here’s what I do:

    -I have a special blend of essential oils that soothes me and sometimes helps bring on sleep if I’m at that tipping point. I call them my “hippie oils”.If I can’t have anything else, I want my hippie oils.
    -3 pillows: 2 to sleep on and one to hug &/or put weight on me.
    -I’m on my 2nd new mattress. We exchanged our first new one, so we’ll see how this one goes :-p
    -A sleeping mask. Because dark isn’t dark enough. Unfortunately then I run into the sensory issue with the elastic around my head, so it just depends which of the 2 evils is more irritating on that given day.
    -a plethora of things to do after I have woken up and laid in bed for a few of hours unsuccessfully trying to fall back asleep (journal, Bible, sketch pad, phone).

    Alas, a good night’s sleep typically eludes me still. I’d like to blame it on my kids that are waking up at 5am on summer break (what in the world), but I’m already awake anyway. I just have to be responsible for something when they get up :-p

    • 17.1
      Sasha says:

      AMEN! NO ticking clocks! I feel like Captain Hook because I cannot handle the tick-tock.

    • 17.2
      Denise says:

      I’m like you, Becca. I can’t stand noises of ANY kind. Thus, I always MUST HAVE my trusty earplugs. They are “comfort” ear plugs so they don’t hurt your ear canals if they are in your ears all night. It blocks out the snoring and my teenagers that are often still up when I’m ready to go to bed. I didn’t wear them when my kids were young as my “mommy ears” always needed to be on alert. But, now that my kids are older they know they can come into the bedroom and nudge me or talk to me if they really need something.

    • 17.3
      Debbie Rhodus says:

      You might want to try Melatonin and 5HTP – they work!

  18. 18
    Bridgett says:

    Not much a creature of habit. I generally sleep with 2 cats therefore my arm and hand placement depends on where they end up. I do prefer cool and have a battery operated fan I can use if in a place with no ceiling fan(my preference). I seem to sleep the soundest on my couch with the tv going full force and all lights on. Go figure. I’ll wake up and notice that whatever is on tv was just in my dreams. My Mom has cancer and I am spending the summer helping care for her. She uses a hospital bed during the day but goes to her adjustable king size bed at night with Daddy. Now, she has to have her 60+ year old feather pillow. So now at night, I get the hospital bed.

  19. 19
    Sandy Bowers says:

    I have to have a pillow between my legs too when I’m side-sleeping, which is most of the time. HAVE to have at least a sheet over me, even if I wake up sweating (which I tend to do these days…..age appropriate.) Then I like to stick one foot out from under the sheet or blanket. Weird, I know.

    • 19.1
      Tammy Bellinger says:

      You just described my habits perfectly. Mostly a side sleeper, with the pillow between my legs, at least a sheet, the fan on, and to go to sleep in the first place, I need one episode of House Hunters. By the time they pick the house I am barely conscious.


  20. 20
    Dawn says:

    I have GOT to have blistex on my lips when I go to bed. I can not sleep if my lips are dry. I also need a blanket/sheet over me. Even if it is hot, I need a sheet. Oh, and the blankets must feel “balanced”. They can not have too much weight on one side or the other.

    I didn’t think I had all these quirks until I actually read your stuff and thought about my nightly ritual….LOL. Guess we all really do have issues after all!!

    • 20.1
      Toni says:

      I am also a Blistex addict. I keep some in the car and the truck, have some in a drawer in the kitchen and bathroom, at least 2-3 in my purse and extras in my nightstand.

  21. 21
    Sandi in MN says:

    Ok ok, so I’m a little jealous of you all needing a fan! It’s currently 62 degrees here! It’s JUNE! It should be warmer than that! I went to bed last night with my electric blanket on, yes, an electric blanket, I’m freezing up here. I love crawling into a cozy warm bed, it’s like a giant hug from on high πŸ™‚ I also HAVE to sleep with a pillow between my knees or else they’re too knobby and knock together all night πŸ™‚ PS my hubby hates the electric blanket, but if we don’t hit the sack at the same time, I can’t get warm alone, pathetic I know.

    • 21.1
      Lindsee says:

      Oh, Sandi. I hope it brings you comfort to know I sleep with the fan on in the winter as well. Not for the cold air, but the noise!

  22. 22
    Yanna Westmoreland says:

    I sleep with one ear plug and switch it to other ear when I roll over all night. Why one might ponder. To muffle husband’s snoring and still hear children if they cry out at night. The children are now 22 and 20 and don’t live at home. I did this for so many years I can’t sleep with two ears worth of noise one must be closed. Yes, I pack one ear plug. Go ahead and laugh. By the way Lindsey saw your fan tweet and app suggestion for noise. Stayed awake that night playing with noise apps on my phone!

    • 22.1
      Cassia Glass says:

      Yanna – I do the same thing on the bad “snore” nights with one ear plug! Laughed that you still do the one ear even with kids out of the nest. So funny! Wonder if that will happen to me, too, when mine are grown??

  23. 23

    Laying on my right side, two pillows under my head, blankets pulled up to my chin, extra heavier blanket across my feet, and no light in the room. I’ll block even the smallest little pinlight from some electronic device with whatever I have handy just to have a completely blacked out room. I live alone so I don’t use a fan for white noise normally. Unless of course, I’m at a place where there are other people…say, like Bible camp. Then I have to have a fan blowing over my head!

  24. 24
    Cassia Glass says:

    I absolutely cannot have anything blinking in my room at night – phones, computers, watches, clocks, etc. It will wake me up. My poor husband has to banish all his gadgets to the living room.

  25. 25
    Bekah says:

    Doesn’t everyone have to have white noise to sleep? I freak out if I forget to pack a small fan when I travel, because not all hotel fans are created equal. If it kicks on and off during the night – it’s not good enough. White noise must be consistent….

    Last year I traveled with my show host, and I asked her if she packed a fan for us. She did. A HUGE industrial fan that could nearly have knocked over the quaint, old fashioned inn where we stayed. I cannot describe to you the looks we got while lugging that monstrosity through the lobby.

    But oh what sweet sleep….

  26. 26
    Brenda says:

    Good nights sleep? What is that? I sleep really well for 4-5 hrs and Im done. Sometimes less. But on occasion I need me some sleep. I have a weird pillow for my head, full of hollow plastic beads about the size of large peas, pillow at my back, pillow between knees, hubby at my side AND 2 Benadryl. 10 hrs of sleep here I come!!!! I am so energized when I wake up. About forgot, year round, my electric blanket. My hubby is a heat machine and runs a portable air conditioner in our room, on cold. He tells people that his next wife will be thermally compatible to him.:) 43 yrs later and its still me! :):)

    • 26.1
      Brenda says:

      Brenda, I so get the 4-5 hrs of sleep each night. That is my usual amount of sleep most nights. Seems the only way I can get a full night’s rest is to take two Tylenol PMs which I do on the nights when I have carried huge black bags under my eyes through the entire day. LOL! So glad to know I am not alone.

  27. 27
    Julie B. says:

    I can’t fall asleep until I’ve spent at least ten minutes reading. I read at other times too, but I think it’s the rhythmic back and forth, back and forth of my eyes that makes me deliciously sleepy and ready to lay the book down and turn out the lamp on the nightstand.

    Oh, and as bed-hogging as they can be, our two Schnauzers Edith and Mildred have to be settled at our feet before a good night’s sleep commences!

    • 27.1
      Lindsee says:

      Julie, I also read as well. I’ve been known to fall asleep reading only to wake up a few hours later still holding the book. πŸ™‚

  28. 28
    Ina says:

    Amen to the fan! I have used the same one every night for the last two years, and worry that when it dies, any new one won’t make enough white noise!It has even gone with me on a church women’s retreat and vacation. Light sleepers need to do what we can to not be grouchy πŸ™‚
    In addition, I must be covered by a sheet. Even if it is hot and my feet and arms are out, there needs to be some sort of blanket over my torso. Aren’t we silly?!

  29. 29
    Sandra says:

    I must have the ceiling fan and a cold pack wrapped in a towel under my head…

  30. 30
    Becky says:

    Okay, sleeping/bedtime is the one part of my life that is in a STRICT routine.

    – I cannot sleep on one pillow. I sleep with three pillows: two down pillows kind of stacked slantways with a little pillow right under my head.
    – I must sleep with my fan on. I have a floor fan, too. If I set the timer it is a given that I will wake up when the fan shuts off. In fact, thank you for the vornado plug!
    – I have to have a bottle of water next to my bed.
    – When I get in bed I always put on chapstick (well, right now I’m using one of those eos egg-shaped lip balms) and I have to put lotion on my feet, hands, and arms.
    – If I cannot have at least 2 cherry Halls cough drops when I lay down I panic a little.

    Typing all of this out makes me realize that I am a bit complicated. πŸ™‚

  31. 31
    Lynn B says:

    The room must be cool, dark and quiet. I like smooth sheets with no wrinkles, my Tempur-pedic neck pillow, and a light-weight blanket. I cannot stand a heavy comforter on my feet. The ceiling fan is on just about year-round except for late November to March. In Georgia the winters are mild but my husband is cold-natured. I cut the thermostat back in the summer and up in the winter to keep the room just right. I definitely sleep better when my husband is right there beside me. Seven hours of sleep is sufficient for me.

  32. 32

    Must have:

    (1) Ceiling fan on medium in the Texas summer, slow during winter
    (2) Mac’s ear plugs (the Best!)
    (3) 2 sound machines

    Still doesn’t make sense to me that I want my earplugs so I don’t hear anything, then I have to turn on sound machines to hear the white noise. Does that make everyone else feel less weird or me feeling more weird? Hmmmmm.

  33. 33
    Kitty Yates says:

    Ya’ll sound like me. I live alone so I sleep with a large fan blowing on me, just for the noise of course, a body pillow on either side of me and two pillows for my head. In other words, I take the entire bed for myself.

  34. 34
    Patty Pierce says:

    this is too funny, I just like my feather pillow and it just cant be too hot around 72 is fine. I mostly just sleep any where ,anytime. I am the lucky one in the family sleep is not an issue for me .

  35. 35
    Trena says:

    I’m right there with you sister on the fans! I have to have both a floor fan and a ceiling fan or it is nearly impossible to sleep.

  36. 36
    Lyndsay says:

    Until I read this post, I hadn’t really grasped the depth of my quirkiness about my sleeping conditions πŸ™‚ here is the long, wierd list:
    1. Must sleep in shorts because I sleep with at least 3 blankets, even in the summer
    2. Those blankets must be in this order: sheet, down blanket, furry blanket
    3. Have to use Chapstick before bed
    4. Like reading myself to sleep
    5. Must have a nightstand for all my paraphanlia (books, Chapstick, glasses, water, etc.)
    6. Room must be completely dark and silent (this gets interesting because I currently share my room with my 2 month old and the hubs, both of whom snore)
    7. I routinely wake up just to flip my pillow on the cool side
    I used to think of myself as a spontaneous, go with the flow type of girl…after reading this list, I think I may need to revise that assessment πŸ™‚ thanks for the fun post, Linds πŸ™‚

  37. 37
    Peppa says:

    Ear plugs are a must!!! I have such a hard time sleeping and work at a camp. If ear plugs aren’t in I will never go to sleep. Also reading for a hit before bed, it helps my mind stop over thinking about everything!

  38. 38
    Heledd says:

    Great topic! For me most nights it’s a hot water bottle. (I’m in the UK)The last few weeks have been hotter so haven’t needed it but would still use it in summer if it’s wet & cold. It’s definitely a comfort thing!

  39. 39
    Robin says:

    YES! The fan is a must, earplugs, pillow between my knees, a snack with milk before bed, and a book. I honestly have to read something to wind down. Oh, and no matter how hot it is, I MUST have at least part of the sheet over me. And the bedroom door cannot be open. Can anyone actually fall asleep with the door open? Creepy!

    • 39.1
      Tyra says:

      So funny! I’ve never known anyone who understood that it is way creepy to sleep with an open door!
      Thanks! Now I know I’m not alone

    • 39.2
      Pam says:

      Door must be closed and closet door as well. Got to keep safe from the bogeyman!

  40. 40
    Steph says:

    This topic delights me to no end because my husband has mocked me for my sleeping habits for 19 years! Not only am I a high maintenance sleeper, I also have restless leg syndrome, which kicks everything up a couple notches. (Pun intended!)
    For optimum sleep results:
    -absolutely NO fans as the breeze will cause “jumpy legs”
    – must have at least a sheet and a cotton blanket
    – one foot minimum sticking out the side of the bed, often two
    – glass of water, chapstick, tissue, peppermint foot lotion and cell phone on side table
    -long enough nightshirt to cover my derriere as cold “cheeks” are the source of all things restless
    -pillow/sheet between knees at all times

    I won’t even go into the years-long search for the perfect pillow. Currently experimenting with a water pillow! Slosh slosh. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the fun post Lindsee!

  41. 41
    LPM K-Mac says:

    1. a/c on 67
    2. down comforter up to my chin
    3. ceiling fan + bedside fan
    4. SOCKS

    • 41.1
      LPM K-Mac says:

      i just thought i was done. reading y’all helped me remember:
      5. chapstick
      6. lotion on hands/feet

      we are all really wacked out and neurotic about our sleep habits!

    • 41.2
      Melanie says:

      Ok , here’s my list.
      I have to have socks. They can’t be too soft, or too tight. Sometimes I take them off in the middle of the nite. And then sometimes I put them back on. These fine old socks I refer to as my ” sleeping socks “.If they have a nubbier texture , I rub my feet back and forth across the sheets and it soothes me.
      Glass of water by the bed.
      Halls Cherry cough drops , at least 2 before sleep.
      3 pillows. One I’ve had since childhood , (I’m 55 πŸ™‚ ) which is more like a half pillow from losing the stuffing over the years. I’ve been made fun of for this pillow more times than I can count. But it’s so soft & light , like a cloud from heaven. It has to be cool , so sometimes I stick it in the freezer before bedtime. The other pillow , I took some of the stuffing out so I could transition to it from my old pillow , but that’s never happened. But it’s soft. And then the third pillow is a bit firmer. Throughout the nite as I toss and turn , I interchange these pillows as needed.
      Have to have a sheet and heavy quilt. Room HAS to be cool ! Sometimes I put ice in doubled ziplock bags , and wrap a towel around it to help cool me off.
      My 43 pound dog sleeps with me. He has to stay on the top ” dog sheet “.
      I have to have certain pillowcases , of a certain texture too. Particularly the edging of the pillowcases. Because I do this thing where I rub my one finger in a little “pocket” I make with the other two fingers. lol Obviously textures are important !
      And , I’m constantly throwing back the covers because I’m sweaty , and pulling them back up because I cool off and can’t sleep without the weight on me.
      I went through the one ear plug stage as needed too. Also used to do the ” white noise ” via an air cleaner , now I have either the tv or radio on as I go to sleep. But sometimes that backfires on me , because it wakes me up in lighter stages of sleep.
      I’d do the fan but it dries out my nose. lol And kicks up the dog hair.
      Been a lifelong insomniac. Every now & then my body will make up for it and I’ll have a night where I’m dead to the world for a blissful 12 hours straight !!

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    Tammy Elrod says:

    I have a fan that blows directly on me, one tempurpedic pillow between my knees, one tempurpedic pillow for my head, one king size pillow on one side of me and a pillow to put my feet on to elevate them.

    I know, I know, overkill. My husband calls it my nest!

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    Diana A. says:

    Wow thank you all for sharing, I am so happy to be among such avid sleep finders.
    I must have floor fan on, even when a/c on… My best girl Rosie, who keeps me busy all night with over blanket, under blanket as per her temperature. Husband may or may not attend, depending on his work schedule…learned to sleep either way. Occasionally cat too..more work for him finding his best spot, and pushing my arms/hands into weird positions. Want glass of water on bedside, phone at hand-son works 11pm to 4am; bedroom door closed.Nothing on feet, they will be off come morning no matter how cold Canada gets! And with all that I toss all night long and never stay in one place…so maybe my husband should comment on how he sleeps with fan, dog, cat & wife! LOL!

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    Esperanza says:

    My must have for a good night sleep is my snoring husband beside me.

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    Kim Kauffman says:

    My husband cannot stand my sleeping habits but he somehow puts up with it anyway. I have to have a fan blowing on me, the overhead fan on, the air purifier on and the window open (unless it’s too hot out). Then I like to have a nice heavy duvet getting me all cozy. What can I say, I’m high maintenance! Needless to say I think he loves it when I (rarely) go out of town ha!

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    Sarah S. says:

    My husband has the same fan-sound quirk as you. In 20 years of marriage we have burned through some fan motors, let me tell you — and it DRIVES ME CRAZY! I can’t STAND the noise — I’m a silence kind of person. Hysterically, we have settled on a grand compromise (previously our compromise was that any night he was out of town I could sleep in silence… :-/ ):
    — We have a space heater that has a fan on it. Because it doesn’t run a big fan (it moves air, but it doesn’t BLOW) I think it may last longer than most fans.
    — We plug it in and turn it on in the bathroom which is closest to him… and mostly close the door.
    — I can’t hear it AT ALL. He swears that he can, but I think he’s just like Linus and sleeps better just knowing it’s going. πŸ™‚ He’s so sweet and leaves it going for me in the morning when he gets up first… as if…
    –It HAS to be cool in the house. At this house, 72* in the summer. Seriously, 73* and I’m sweating at 5 a.m.
    — Ceiling fan moving air
    — comfy blankie on top
    — All my babies home and safe… πŸ™‚

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    kathypinkbicyclearkansas says:

    Lip Balm, a cat and no pillow. Following Spinal Cervical Fusion in February I can no longer sleep with a pillow, it’s flat on my back. In the winter it’s socks.

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    Christie says:

    1. Nightly turndown AC to 68
    2. Bedside fan on high
    3. to a sermon – Vernon McGee
    4. Old wornout very soft comforter
    5. Sometimes I fall asleep while listening, other times, I drift off to sleep after sermon is over.

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    Sara K. says:

    I’m just so glad I’m not the only one with weird sleeping habits! I have 2 oscillating fans and a ceiling fan going. My closet light is on with door closed (I live in the country so it’s DARK when the lights are out) I also have 3 pillows…one memory foam one for my head and one on either side of me. And I must be covered with a comforter from my chin all the way to my toes. And probably my weirdest habit is that my feet must be clean (either by shower or baby wipes) before I get in bed.

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    Missy Eury says:

    Music is the absolute MUST! At least a ceiling fan with a blanket close enough to reach as needed.

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