Turning off Twitter and Skipping the Snooze: Sleep Secrets

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Sleep -- we all do it, but talk about something personal! From side sleepers to wrapped in the covers on their tummy sleepers, we all do it differently.

We're delving into dreamland with moms' sleep secrets here on the The Stir, and today we're talking to Susan Wagner, mom of two, blogger and fabulous fashionista of Friday Playdate,


What are your best getting to sleep tips:

I've had insomnia for years, and I've tried everything. What's worked for me is to banning all electronics -- TV, computer, cell phone -- from the bedroom. I also make a big effort to unplug at least half an hour before I want to fall asleep -- no more checking Twitter or Facebook, and no watching one more episode of The Office. I still have trouble sleeping, but less than I did when I used to go directly from my desk to my bed.

Who's sleeping with you?

Only my husband -- although my 7-year-old swears that our bed is more comfortable than his and always asks to sleep in the big bed. We say no. We're mean like that.

What's the strangest thing your partner/spouse has reported you doing during sleep?

My husband thinks it's weird that I get up every morning at 5 a.m. -- does that count? Otherwise, he's the much sounder sleeper and does all the weird stuff (like once dreaming in German -- and speaking German in his sleep).

How do you wake up in the morning, and how long does it take you to get out of bed? What's the first thing you do?

My alarm goes off at 5, although I usually wake up around 4:30. I don't believe in snooze buttons; I get up and brush my teeth and go make coffee. And then I start waking up.

Do you dream? Care to share one?

I do dream! Not long ago I was simultaneously reading Neil Gaiman's Coraline and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights; I dreamt that Heathcliff and Catherine were trapped in the Other Mother's house. Scary. Seriously. That's why I'm back to reading Vogue before bed these days.

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