Spidey Senses and Babies in Bed: Sleep Secrets

Isabel KallmanSleep -- 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 Isabel Kallman, the hard-working uber-mom who knows what it means to be an Alpha Mom -- and is willing to share it all at her site.


What are your best getting to sleep tips:

Gosh, I don’t have any great tips. I have to be honest, I have always been a champion sleeper. As a teen I fell asleep a house party (I wasn’t drunk BTW—just tired after a day at the beach) in front of the TV to learn that the party had been so raucous the police had come and gone. And yet I had slept through the whole thing.

Similarly, once on a business trip, my hotel was evacuated by a false fire alarm, yet I slept through the whole thing. I was awoken by a fire fighter and my concerned colleague who forced them to open up my hotel room to make sure I was okay.

Basically, I was working on Wall Street and was chronically sleep-deprived. I was really concerned that once I became a mom that I wouldn’t hear my baby cry. But as soon as my son was born, my Spidey-senses kicked in and I awaken if a floor board creaks.

So getting back to sleep tips ... I have always been able to fall asleep easily. If there’s something weighing on my mind, I decide that I won’t think about it until tomorrow morning. That allows me to clear my head of anxious thoughts.

Once upon a time, I would visualize the beautiful things I was coveting ...  for example what a summer house might look like. That would help me drift off. I don’t do that anymore and maybe I should. It was a nice way to fall asleep.

Who's sleeping with you?

Luckily only my husband. Oh yeah, my son was in our bed until recently. He would crawl in every night. But a few months before his last birthday, we announced starting on his next birthday, he was to now stay in his own bed every night.

I think because he had a couple of months to process it and he was developmentally and emotionally ready to stay in his own bed, he did it successfully the first night and since then. I’m proud of him.

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

My husband tells me I’m a talker. My mom says that my sister was one too and as children we shared a room and she and I would have whole conversations while we slept. I was also a child sleep walker and my day care was on extra alert because I once almost walked out during naptime. I went to my cubby, put on my scarf and hat (no jacket), and tried to walk out. Ha!

Who steals the covers?

My husband does, but he’s always cold because I’m turning on the air conditioner and he doesn’t like it. So I guess it’s only fair, right?

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 wake up in a light-filled room and with an alarm clock that screeches “Mommy.” I have privacy shades that filter in light. I find it a more humane way to awaken. I’m also scared that if I had black-out shades, like they have at hotels, I might not awaken at all. First thing I do is ask my son to give me a few minutes to wake up. 


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