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What are your sleep quirks?

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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25 comments

  1. Thank you for your subject and each time I hope my dear Health

  2. What sleep??? LOL..as someone once said , I have to sleep with that Boeing 747 blowing down on me 365 days a year. That is true. it is the only way I can sleep and it has to be a cool 62 in the winter months.

  3. I need my tower fan & my daughters video monitor humming. I cannot sleep peacefully without it.

  4. lol ~ Luckily my hubs and I both agree on room temperature. We have a ceiling fan which we never use because I have very dry eyes and can’t tolerate it. You can always substitute the whirl of the fan for a white noise sleep machine or an app. I used a mediation tape several time to ease myself to sleep, I had to play it during the day to hear the end as I always feel asleep before the end of the tape. Just offering some options for sleep harmony! Good luck. xox

  5. I came to a point where I needed a fan, too – the silence drives me nuts. If the power goes out, I cannot sleep. I don’t use a fan anymore though and, instead, have an obusforme white noise machine that does the trick – hubby can’t sleep without it now either. It’s a godsend!

  6. I have to sleep with a fan on every night too, even in the winter. I can’t sleep when its quiet. I will lay there listening to all the sounds outside. I guess I am lucky that my husband prefers to sleep with the fan on too so no argument there.

  7. Yes, we share some of the same issues at night. He has to have a very cool room to sleep & uses the ceiling fan…. so on my side of the bed I am covered with 2 blankets, as my lower legs have horrible circulation. I have also started wearing a sleep mask to deal with all the light emissions in our bedroom.

  8. I totally get ya on this! I have to have my ceiling fan and another bedside fan on when I go to sleep. I also want it to be completely dark. My husband deals with it just fine, although sometimes I wake up and he is bundled up under the blankets like he is freezing.

  9. I go from the couch to the bed to the spare room back to the couch. I get too hot in bed and my husband starts snoring about 4 am, so loud that it wakes me up. We fight over the placement of the covers. If the covers are too much on his back, he gets mad. It’s almost comical. I think we need a new bed, a king size or separate rooms, it’s sad really. In the meantime, I’m tired all the time!

  10. My hubby has both the ceiling fan and room ac on. If I get cold, I just cover up. I have night sweats so the cool air feels good.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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 :)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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. ;)

  25. 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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