Small comfort


I finally thought I had a handle on this sleep thing.

I was wrong.

After resculpting my life so that I limit caffeine, exercise often, worry less, and try to go to bed at about the same time every night, I’m now finding my sleep, daily comfort, and general sanity interrupted by just about everything—the children’s go to bed music, the dishwasher, the dog, the shifting sheets, the too flat pillows, the nighttime chill of autumn, the overheated effect of wearing socks to bed, and the ill-timed and unceasing surprise beeping of electronic gadgetry midway through the night.

All that, plus my hairdresser didn’t give me a short enough trim last time I saw her. Now everything in my life just seems all wrong.

Concurring with my sleep angst, my husband (he’s usually the one who escorts the dog outside at 3 a.m.) suggested a bed makeover. “Yes!” I thought. “As for so many ills of life, the solution is shopping! New sheets! New comforter! New bed skirt! Hooray!”

What I didn’t realize is how many comforter sets are dark, geometric, and look like they’re from Tony Danza’s “Who’s the Boss?” bedroom. Holy 1980’s—yuck.

In the end, I settled on an all white, puffy, fluffy, comforter set (even with pillow shams—I have arrived!). It was a run-off between that and a tasteful green ensemble which, once on my bed, looked like the kind of thing a toad would slip into after a particularly warty evening; the princess and the pea green bed—ewww. Still, while everything is now on and looks great, I have another note for next time: when stripping (or in my case, gutting) one’s bed down to that very icky, shiny, lingerie blue mattress surface, especially when alone, be sure to allow half an hour of work time and to utilize sweat-wicking sportswear.

Perhaps all that work will be enough to make me sleep through the night tonight. We’ll see.




  1. memyselfandotherthings said,

    November 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Gosh, I can relate to the “everything wakes me up” thing. I think it’s hormonal imbalance in my case… my PMT seems to be getting sheer unbearable.

    And as for white bedding: white all the way in this house. I love nothing better than watching my white bedsheets dry on the washing line in the garden when the sun is shining.

    Have a good night sleep!

    • Cheryl said,

      November 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

      Your comment reminds me of 3 things:

      1. My heavenly stay at a hotel in NYC once–the bedding was so heavenly. I even complimented it on their comment card, and they told me where I could buy it! Come to think of it, my new set is similar!

      2. My neighbor who used to trim his bushes with the electric trimmer at 6:45 a.m.. ARGHHH!

      3. My husband and I decided to avoid white bedding until the children’s likelihood to throw up on it dropped off dramatically. I think (and hope) we’re now in the zone!

  2. Amy said,

    November 4, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Mike too suggested a bed makeover which we did a month or two ago. I must say my nights have been more relaxing and the bed looks so nice during the day since we now feel obligated to make the bed everyday! I hope this works for you, of course now we are dealing with the never ending saga…He is always cold and I am always hot…whatever shall we do???? Good Luck!

    • Cheryl said,

      November 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm

      Wow–I guess great husbands think alike!

      Hmmm…we solved the hot/cold problem (for winter at least) with an electric blanket that has 2 controllers. Craig likes the preheat setting that shuts off after an hour (he falls asleep in NO TIME) and I like to crank it to 10 or more. So eco-irresponsible, but soooo cozy!

  3. Lorraine said,

    November 5, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Bed linen – the beautiful, fresh, new kind – is one of my many vices! I love the feel of fresh, new sheets so I understand completely what you’re saying.

    • scheirmad said,

      November 5, 2009 at 9:33 am

      Happy to report that last night’s sleep was sound, pleasant, and oh so luxurious. Now I know what I’ve been missing!

  4. Cr@ig said,

    November 5, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    It didn’t hurt that Wesley (the dog) did not have to get up in the middle of the night!!

    • Cheryl said,

      November 5, 2009 at 1:26 pm

      Oh my gosh, how great was that?!!?

      • Cr@ig said,

        November 5, 2009 at 2:07 pm

        It rocked!

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