November 27, 2011

still I lie sleepless

I'm always hot. It's most annoying when I try to sleep. In that trickster way that the Universe seems to enjoy of pairing couples who run at opposite ends of the hot/cold spectrum, my wife is always cold. The thermostat wars are played out most fiercely in bed, she with her electric blanket on high, me with my fan(s) and brutally cold air, whether from an open window in the winter or an AC set so low it's ecologically criminal in the summer.

To make it even more difficult, I can only sleep really well covered by a heavy blanket - and by heavy, I mean weighty. But then, of course, I burn up.

I look at these thick, plush beds below and I'm torn: oh, don't those look divine, the perfect heft to snug you down to sleep...and, oh my god, don't those look frightfully hot, guaranteed to make falling asleep a miserable impossibility...

My wife, of course, would suffer no such quandary. She would love them unequivocally.  

What do you think?

A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by
One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky -
I've thought of all by turns, and still I lie

~William Wordsworth, "To Sleep"


helle said...

I´m sure you are a better match in any other way!! Don´t you just love the maxi knitted look at, I mean?

Hugs Helle

Merisi said...

I grew up in the countryside, no heating in my bedroom. Icy cold bedroom, that is. I slept well though, snuggled into a warm down-duvet. In short, I empathize with you, fully, warmly! ;-)

Chrisy said...

I see no other solution mon cherie than to have separate rooms...i know i know it's not the same...but oh the lovely sleeps!

Anonymous said...

I'm the opposite. Always cold. Except when sleeping, oddly enough. Like you I LOVE to sleep under a heavy blanket, but always end up too hot. And I MUST have the window open, even in the dead of winter. Luckily my sleep partners (including Jack, the dog) feel the same way!


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