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How can I become a lighter sleeper?

Asked by nikipedia (27669points) December 1st, 2010

Apparently I take up the whole bed and am impossible to wake up. I would like not to sleep alone for the rest of my life.

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iamthemob's avatar

Have a baby. Those things train you to wake up like nobody’s business.

marinelife's avatar

When the right person comes along, he will find your sleep ways endearing.

wundayatta's avatar

Get a mental illness? Those tend to keep you from sleeping easily.

But I don’t see the problem. If you’re taking up the bed, but don’t wake up, why doesn’t he shove you over? You probably wouldn’t notice if he shoved you right out of bed. Or does he not want to exert himself?

nikipedia's avatar

Apparently I kicked him when he tried to shove me over. (I think there are few people who would find that endearing.)

Also, once my roommate thought someone was trying to break into the house and tried to wake me up and couldn’t do it. So, this is a problem in more ways than one.

chyna's avatar

On the upside of this, you would sleep through getting murdered in your sleep.

Seelix's avatar

Apparently I like to snuggle. A couple of years ago I was on an overnight university trip, and a good friend of mine and I shared a bed. She woke me up in the middle of the night with “Wake up, you’re ON me!”

I don’t know how you’d train yourself to not sleep so deeply, other than having a baby like @iamthemob suggested!

wundayatta's avatar

The mind boggles! There are just so many directions this conversation could go. Let’s just say that I could think of some interesting ways of taking advantage of this situation. Ahem.

Still, what kind of boyfriend is he if he lets one little kick ruin his night. Let’s think. Do you guys happen to have any handcuffs lying around?

But you want to sleep more lightly, rather than take care of the situation in another way. So you need to sleep with a bucket of warm water by the bed, after having drunk copious amounts of water before you go to sleep. Occasionally your hand will slip into the water. Once can only hope you wake up in time.

casheroo's avatar

@iamthemob That was my first thought as well!

funkdaddy's avatar

I don’t think being a light sleeper is really all it’s cracked up to be. Light sleeper usually means more sleep needed to feel rested. When you’re “out” it tends to be more restful, at least for me.

But, in the interest of interbed harmony. Do you sleep on your stomach? If so, try flipping over and falling asleep on your back when he’s there. Or fall asleep snuggled up, it’s usually relaxing but I don’t get as deep of sleep that way.

Also, I actually do find my wife’s sleeping fists of fury endearing. It’s also funny how she can take over 80% of the bed with strategic advancement throughout the night. The secret to moving her is to move the shoulders or move the blanket, either one gets her back on her side.

Maybe he just needs to pick up some tricks? It probably calls for further experimentation.

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