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Sleep with Me – Invitation to Write #47

For Writers:

In our salad days, my wife and I shared a double bed. It was impossible to reposition without touching, and we both become masters at sleeping on the edge. These days, we spend our nights dreaming on a king-size bed, and we no longer accidently touch. To touch now requires conscious effort. She is the pillow queen, and it’s not unusual for her to have a fortress of pillows defending her on all sides.

When it comes to me sleeping, my wife is an incredibly jealous person. I can fall asleep in a matter of minutes, but it takes her a long time for her mind to quiet down. I dream of her looking at me over the pillow wall as I snore away, lusting to be where I am. Asleep.

Now our baby is a different story. She hates falling asleep, and she fights it fiercely. She shakes her head back and forth, crying out against the heavy weight that pulls her eyelids down. But eventually, even she succumbs.

How do you sleep: on your back, your stomach, your side? Do you have a difficult time falling asleep? Ideally, how much sleep would be optimal for you each night, and are you usually able to wake up well-rested in the morning?

“A good night's sleep, or a ten-minute brawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine.” – Ray Bradbury


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