Great Sex vs. Co-Sleeping: Sleep Secrets

Jeanne Sager

Photo by Sierra Black
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 Sierra Black, mom of two, personal finance guru and blogger at ChildWild.

What are your best getting to sleep tips:

I wrote about our sleep problems recently on ChildWild. It's not like I'm an expert on this. Of course the very best way to fall asleep is to have great sex and then pass out happy. 

But let's be real. I have young kids. That strategy works about twice a year. The rest of the time what works for me is to do something calming and routine before bed, and to do it the same way every night. I've been writing in a journal every night before bed since I was a kid, and I still do. It helps me unload all my crazy thoughts for the day so I can rest. If I don't do it, I wind up spinning mentally when I'm falling asleep.
The routine thing is even more crucial for my kids. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as everyone likes it and you do it in roughly the same way at approximately the same time every night. 

Who's sleeping with you?

My husband. My cats. My sneaky toddler who has learned to creep into my bed between 2 and 4 a.m., slide under the covers and start nursing without waking anyone up. Sometimes my 5-year-old, but not often these days. 

Who steals the covers?

HE DOES! I actually sometimes put two sets of sheets on the bed in winter so we can each have our own.

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?

I usually wake up in the morning when my kids pounce on me. The other day, I was trying to sleep and Serena came in and stood on top of me with her hands on her hips and announced, "I HEAR MAMA. IT IS TODAY." 

The first thing I do every morning is take a shower. I am religious about it. I don't drink coffee, and that shower is what wakes me up.

Do you dream? Care to share one?

I dream all the time, and I keep a dream log by my bed so I can record them when I wake up.  I once dreamed that Serena turned into a vampire, and then my dream sort of came true when she got her fangs before any other teeth. 

Want to share your sleep story? Send me a direct message here, or send me an e-mail here and choose Healthy Living as the Topic.

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