what's that you say? you just crawl in there and sleep? you're not PREPARED?
you need my advice.
i am changing my sheets today. i say it in the present tense because right now i only have one set of sheets that i really like and that fit my mattress well, so in order to clean them it's a commitment to see the process through all the way.
i confess that i have not changed them since those two days it was really hot because it kind of seemed pointless to put fresh sheets on the bed if it was only going to be another hot night, but i have to draw the line somewhere.
it's not ENTIRLEY as slovenly as it sounds, because i habitually sleep in long-sleeved shirts and athletic tights and i ALWAYS wear socks, so there's not a lot of actual skin contact with the sheets, but still. there are limits.
uh, anyway, when you take the sheets off the bed, you find out what's really under that comforter.
i used to need a completely empty bed, with nothing in it and the sheets all needed to line up square and i wish i could tell you i have never gotten out of bed in the night to remake the bed because the sheets were crooked.
so while my life now may not represent progress in the strict sense, it does represent movement.
sleeping is dangerous business. last thursday on my way out of bed i managed to hit my head so forcefully on a nearby shelf that i managed to punch a half-inch triangular cut in my scalp but didn't notice the matted blood until i took my hat off at lunchtime.
apparently there's a whole suite of things you need in order to sleep. here's my list:
in the bed:
- four pillows. it's important that if you roll over, you are fully supported.
- two phones. you can't be bothered to roll far enough to pick one up if it rings. one functions as an alarm clock, too.
- camera. you usually need to take pictures during the night. (see above, phone as alarm clock)
- t shirt. you can't drool on the pillows, can you?
- sweater that does not belong to you. this is a sufficiently grown-up looking susbstitute for that stuffed dog you stopped sleeping with when you were nine because it was falling apart but you still have it in your closet.
- large chunk of rose quartz. handy in an emergency. you know.
- hat. either your head is cold, or the room is not dark enough.
- ipod and headphones. duh. don't use the good headphones; they only get tangled.
- pretzels and pretzel fragments. ok, this isn't strictly intentional, but if you eat in your sleep, you're bound to lose some of it in the bed, ambien walrus.
not actually in the bed, but within reach without rolling over:
- large bag of pretzels.
- assorted other snacks. you sleep better if you don't have to go so far to get snacks. if you have ever woken up in the driveway on your way to get something to eat, you know this is important.
- two bottles of water.
- spare ipod. emergency podcasts in case of failure.
details are important. if you forget to put on the right socks at bedtime, you will only have to get up and change them as soon as your error is discovered.
save yourself time and energy. be prepared.
i know i have helped you.