Saturday, November 08, 2008

Insomniac

It's 6 am. I've been awake for 2 hours. I don't think I'll go back to bed this morning.

The bed is horrible. It's too small and too soft. With Pirate in it I've got no room to move. My half of the bed is smaller than my mummy sleeping bag. And the mattress is awful. It's really old and completely soft. When you sit on the bed your butt goes all the way down to the box spring. It's doing my back in. I can't turn over in it, and if I'm in one position too long my back hurts. I wake up 6 times a night just to roll over, which I have to sit up to do.

But despite all this I've been able to sleep. It's taken 9 or 10 hours a night to get the equivalent rest of 7 or 8 good hours, but that's ok. Tonight it was the temperature issue again.

I'm cold. I'm always cold. It's a fact of life.

Pirate is hot. (My god is he hot!) He generates heat like a little sea-faring blast furnace. So I want loads of covers and he wants none. USUALLY.

Except the last few nights. It finally got cold here, and he's been complaining that his shoulders are getting cold, because I like to have an arm on top of the blankets and he likes them all the way up to his chin, but when I put an arm out it pushes them all down to the level of his armpit and his shoulders get cold.

So all night tonight as the covers have been sliding all over with their usual independent-mindedness (why the hell do blankets not stay where you put them????), I've been adjusting them to keep Pirate tucked in the way he likes.

When I woke up to move or pee (it's hard to tell sometimes what wakes me) I discovered ALL the blankets and duvets piled on top of me like a 4-foot-deep dollop of wool whipped cream. I couldn't move. I woke Pirate and said "AREN'T YOUR SHOULDERS COLD!??!?!".

"No," he replied. "I'm baking. You can have the covers."

Aaaaaaaaaagggg!

I dumped them all on top of him and got up to blog and eat chocolate chip cookies.

7 comments:

Dave said...

Ah yes, the joys of married life.

GreatSheElephant said...

dude - with your back issues - a new mattress is a priority

Mrs. Chaucer's Pirate said...

dave: yeah, someone said to me recently that being married was easy, learning to sleep in the same bed with another person, now THAT'S tough!

GSE: Pirate's grandmother gave us a very, VERY generous wedding gift, which we had discussed using to purchase a new mattress and box spring. I found out this morning that Pirate used it to buy the new camera he got me as a wedding gift. It's a fabulous camera and a lovely gift, but I kinda wish he'd asked me first. I'd much rather have had the mattress. Now I don't know how long it will be before we can get the money together.

hendrix said...

Temp solution to the mattress problem - try turning it round or over. That sometimes works. Or, get B&Q or Homebase to cut a piece of hardboard/mdf to fit and put it between the bedbase and the mattress.

We had the same duvet slithering all over the bed problem, a heavier blanket over the top stopped that. It also solves the one person likes their arm over the top of the blankets, the other one likes to be wrapped up tight problem as it means you can have the duvet pulled right up but if you turn the top blanket at a slight diagonal you can have your arm out of the bed.

Agree with GSE though - new mattress is a priority. A bad mattress can seriously damage your back. I never buy things on credit but I'd seriously consider it for an orthopedic mattress - it could save a fortune in osteopaths fees further down the line.

Geosomin said...

Heh heh...welcome to married life...:)
As for tthe cold thing...may I suggest: you can get duvet covers that have slots for 2 single duvets...put a uberthick one on your side and a thin one for the pirate. Trust me as the shiverer in the bed next to my own personal blast furnace I can say for a fact it works well...

Geosomin said...

Heh heh...welcome to married life...:)
As for tthe cold thing...may I suggest: you can get duvet covers that have slots for 2 single duvets...put a uberthick one on your side and a thin one for the pirate. Trust me as the shiverer in the bed next to my own personal blast furnace I can say for a fact it works well...

Geosomin said...

sorry about the dup...