What are your sleep quirks?

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Last night before crawling under the sheets, I turned on the small fan next to my side of the bed.

“Rotary motor, activated,” my husband scoffed, and I nearly wilted with laughter in the dark bedroom.

On that particular night, our exchange over the fan was lighthearted, but we’ve had some serious squabbles over my need for the fan in the bedroom.

What are your sleep quirks? I require a fan!

Granted, this particular fan is a real hoopty. I paid all of about ten dollars a few months ago after my much nicer and much quieter fan bit the dust. It was meant to be a temporary fix that I just haven’t… fixed.

It really does sound awful, but not as awful as the deafening scream of silence for someone like me, who is accustomed to sleeping with the noise of a fan at night.

My husband despises the fan, and I feel that it’s a necessity.

I get it honest, my parents both use a fan to sleep at night and they even pack a fan when they go on vacation.

He also prefers a room that is completely dark, and I like just a little glow from a night light. Oh, and we never seem to agree on whether the room is too hot, or too cold. Of course—it’s never just right.

In my defense on the fan issues, he snores, and if the fan isn’t running he ends up being kicked (I mean nudged, gently) about three hundred times every night, so really it’s in his best interest, too.

What are your sleep quirks? Do you ever find yourself at odds with your partner when it’s time for lights-out?

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Crissy Page

Crissy Page is the founder and CEO of Dear Crissy and Parent Pretty. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two spirited and super-cool kids.

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  1. Stacie — May 4, 2014 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    I can’t sleep if I’m too hot. I keep the air conditioning on until November lol. I’d rather have cold air in the room and me be under warm blankets.

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  2. Aimee Giese (Greeblehaus) — May 4, 2014 @ 6:20 pm (#)

    I have a sleep disorder, so I have a ton of quirks. But yes, temperature is one of them for sure! I also have turned into that person how falls asleep with iPhone in her hand, because I need a rom-com to stop my brain from turning. ;)

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  3. Laila Garrett — May 4, 2014 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    My hubby feels the need for a black hole of a room. I can’t fall asleep unless the tv is on low and on the timer so it turns off soon after I fall asleep. Thankfully we have a sleep number bed so we each get to have our comfortable settings so that’s 1 less thing to worry over.

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  4. Shannon Mark — May 4, 2014 @ 9:22 pm (#)

    I have a small air cleaner beside my bed, just for the sound. I should probably check the filters soon. lol
    I keep telling my husband once the kids all move out, i want my own room. That would be
    the best!

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  5. Lynda Cook — May 4, 2014 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    I also have a fan on my side of the bed, I can’t sleep if it’s to hot and my hubby is always complaining about my fan and whinning it’s to cold, I just tell him to quit acting like a baby and to put another blanket on..lol

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  6. Judy W — May 4, 2014 @ 9:38 pm (#)

    Try using a air purifier. That it what we use. It cleans the air and makes a nice fan like sound for me to block out the silence. I take a small fan with me on vacation also. I cannot sleep if it’s too quiet!

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  7. MaryAnn — May 4, 2014 @ 9:42 pm (#)

    I can’t sleep with the noise of the snore-reducing Sleep Machine! It’s like sleeping with Darth Vader! I could keep the blinds and windows open, since light doesn’t bother me at all, but this jet engine on the nightstand is just too much!

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  8. Liz Barber — May 4, 2014 @ 10:10 pm (#)

    Thankfully my hubby and I both like to sleep with the fan on all night. Even in the colder months I don’t mind having it on just for sake of having that hum sound.

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  9. Bev Dunigan — May 4, 2014 @ 10:22 pm (#)

    Oh yes. Especially now that I’ve hit my stride with menopause. I absolutely CAN’T WAIT for the nights to warm up just to about 45º so I can crack the window open about 2-3″ over my side of the bed. That’s right … MY SIDE OF THE BED. No cool/cold air on his side of the bed. The window is open so I can be (a) comfy … read “not sweating all night” and (b) under the covers (a sheet and the comforter) so I can actually sleep. At 4am every day, he decides that the room is cool enough and closes the window … so I immediately wake up because I’m sweating. So I get up, use the restroom, open the window back up, crawl back in and try to sleep for 2 more hours before I have to get up to get ready for work.

    Hours and hours of fun for the foreseeable future.

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  10. Leona — May 5, 2014 @ 12:26 am (#)

    DH uses a cpap machine so that takes care of noise in the room. I get really hot in my sleep so I really dislike having anyone touching me. DH is a snuggler so I end up on the very edge of the bed by morning.

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  11. Leona — May 5, 2014 @ 12:28 am (#)

    DH uses a cpap machine so that takes care of noise in the room. I get really hot in my sleep so I really dislike having anyone touching me. DH is a snuggler so I end up on the very edge of the bed by morning. Oh I forgot, I can’t have the door closed. It makes me very uncomfortable. Though I make the kids sleep with theirs closed.

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  12. Teressa Morris — May 5, 2014 @ 12:47 am (#)

    My husband loves the fan – me, not so much. He also likes to fall asleep to music. We both use sleep masks if the room isn’t dark enough. My husband also snores loud enough to be heard over the fan, so I either nudge him or wear earplugs.

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  13. Crystal Nell — May 5, 2014 @ 1:24 am (#)

    Both my husband and I can’t sleep without the sound of fans (of which we have 2 floor fans – one on his side of the room & one on mine). We take fans with us when we go on vacation. We both can’t stand light in the room. We don’t agree on the temperature of the room. He loves the room to be icy cold so to compromise I have an extra blanket on my side of the bed. After 23 years of marriage, we have worked it all out :)

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  14. Reginia Cordell — May 5, 2014 @ 1:51 am (#)

    I use to have a ceiling fan quirk and couldn’t sleep without it on high. I loved hearing the whirl of the air and clicking of the cord. Now, I have to have it completely black and silent.

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  15. Heather Garcia — May 5, 2014 @ 2:23 am (#)

    My husband does his laundry at night before bed, and the sound if the dryer puts me to sleep.

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