Cats Who Steal the Covers, Psychic Dreams: Sleep Secrets

Jeanne Sager

Photo from Cathy Hale
-- 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 Cathy Hale, a mother of two who navigates the "wild world of motherhood" at Mommy Q.

What are your best getting to sleep tips?

I'm a light sleeper and have trouble falling asleep. My biggest piece of advice for people like me is avoid caffeine! I don't drink anything caffeinated after 3 p.m. I also go to bed expecting to toss, turn, make a mental "to-do" list, review my day, etc. for about 30 minutes. It helps if I jot down my thoughts while I'm lying in bed, so I don't worry about forgetting them by morning. I also sleep with an air purifier next to me because I love sleeping with white noise.

Who's sleeping with you?

I sleep with my husband and our two enormous cats -- they weigh about 20 pounds each!

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

I could dance a jig and he wouldn't notice. Unlike me, he's a deep sleeper.

Who steals the covers?

The cats!

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?

If I have lots to do that day, I'm wide awake and on the move as soon as my feet hit the ground. If it's a lazy day, I relax in bed for a while, check email, scan Facebook, and eventually have a cup of coffee. The first thing I do is put on my glasses or my contacts, because I'm as blind as a bat.

Do you dream? Care to share one?

Oh yeah! I have extremely vivid, weird, wild, amusing, slightly psychic dreams and remember them perfectly. I have three reoccurring dreams that I've been having since I was a child. In one dream, I open my mouth and my teeth start falling out. In another dream, I accidentally get on a roller coaster and it goes up higher than the clouds and I can't figure out how to get off. In the third reoccurring dream, I'm trying to put in my contact lenses, but they're as big as salad bowls and I'm like, "Great, not these huge things again!"

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