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Do you have a “before bed” ritual that you do, well… before going to bed? If so, how long have you had this ritual? How uncomfortable are you if you cannot, for some reason, perform it?
I must change underwear, wash my feet and brush my teeth, in that order. I don’t remember when I started doing this. I can’t sleep too well if I have not done these.
Does sleeping in someone else’s space make you uneasy? or can you sleep anywhere?
Oh yeah. I can’t sleep in anyone else’s bed, except perhaps my daughter’s, when she has had a nightmare and needs my presence. These days, owing to the fact that she is as tall as I am, her single bed is uncomfortable for two of us. So, I snuggle up until she falls asleep again and get back to mine.
I don’t mind hotel beds, ofcourse, under the assumption that the sheets have been changed.
When I am staying in other people’s houses, I prefer lying on the floor, with or without a jamakkalam. Or if there is a guest room, the guest room bed, but only under extreme duress.
Where is the strangest place you’ve spent the night? How well did you sleep there, if at all?
When I was in grad school in the US, I let a friend persuade me to take a road trip down to Nashville. They were weird 4 days because I stayed in strange people’s apartments (other desi students I did not know) overnight, went pub hopping although I was a teetotaller at that time and spent the days in stupor because I had no clue what I was doing. I slept on the dirty carpet for three nights and bathed in grimy bathtubs. I still don’t know why I did it.
When you were a child, did you have a preferred blanket or toy you couldn’t sleep without?
I had a pet pillow that I hugged.
If you could build the perfect mattress for you, what would it be made of?
Do you sleep with your bedroom door opened or closed? or does it matter?
Open. Fully open.
What is the longest consecutive period of time time you’ve gone without sleep?
12 hours !
Contrarily, what’s the longest consecutive period of time you’ve slept?
12 hours !
Have you been informed that you snore? or do you sleep with someone who snores? What, if anything, do you do about it?
I snore when I am very tired. My better half snores very loudly.
Everyone dreams, it’s a scientific fact, but do you — in general — remember your dreams?
Oh God, let’s not go into that. My dreams would be the death of me.
Do you think that the dreams you remember are significant in any way?
Yes, they tell me the state of my hormones. They also tell me that I am a neurotic idiot who really needs to learn to let go.
How difficult/easy is it for you to go to sleep once you lie down at night? and/or wake up once you get out of bed?
Out like a light. Waking up takes an hour and two cups of coffee.
Have you ever had an episode of sleep paralysis?
God, I hope not.
Do you wear bedclothes of any kind? or do you prefer to be au naturelwhen slipping under the covers?
In summer I sleep in shorts and t-shirt. In less-than-summer, I sleep wearing a really faded and soft salwar.
If you have pets — cats, dogs, and the like — do they share your sleeping space or is it a “humans only” area?
My pet shares my bed. My better-half.
When it comes to going to bed and waking up, are you on a schedule (bed by X up at Y) or do you just go with the flow of your body’s rhythms?
10.30 PM to 6.30 AM. Yes, I need a lot of sleep.
Have you ever had hypnagogic hallucinations? They’re very common…
I get very disturbing dreams just before I wake up. Perhaps they are hypnagogic hallucinations.
Can you sleep without blankets? or must you have something covering you when you sleep?
I use a thin coverall when it is chilly. Else, no.
Do you have any superstitions or taboos regarding the bedroom and/or sleeping? For example, no shoes and/or hats on the bed.
Feet must be clean before getting on to bed. MUST. My kid must show me her feet before she gets on to my bed, and only when I am satisfied that they are clean, can she get on.
All doors to cupboards must be fully closed. Door to room must be open. I like the window doors to be open too, but sometimes that’s not possible. I have learned to live with that.
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