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(cross-posted to thequestionclub
To those of you accustomed to sharing a bed (in the sleeping sense, not necessarily in the "fun" sense):

What do you do if you can't fall asleep, and your bed-mate is drifting off/already asleep? Do you stay in the room with them, or go to another room so you don't keep them awake?

Can you sleep well/at all when you aren't sharing a bed with your usual bed-mate?



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Nov. 13th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
So long as I'm not keeping them awake, I'll stay in bed. Sometimes I'll get up and go read for a while though.

And I can totally sleep w/out Leigh in bed. I sprawl like a mo-fo.
Nov. 13th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I have readjusted to not sharing a bed, but when I was accustomed, it was very difficult to sleep without him. (Him=the only ex I've regularly shared a bed with.) I realized that I would stay up a lot later when he wasn't around because my routine was disrupted (even though it was like that four days out of every eight), and I'd wake up around the time he usually got home, even when his schedule was different or he was out of town.

He slept like a rock, so I could turn on the light or toss and turn without really waking him up. I slept much better when we were sharing a bed though, so insomnia was never really an issue. Due to his schedule, his wakefulness was much more pronounced, and he'd get up to do something crazy like clean the kitchen.

...Dammit, I miss sharing a bed now. Gwen! Come cuddle, dog!

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Nov. 13th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
It hasn't happened lately, but I used to get up. Mark can fall asleep at the drop of a hat--really, I never saw anyone fall asleep so quickly--and hearing him snore isn't fun when I can't sleep.

When I sleep at home, I have the cat, so it's not so bad.
Nov. 13th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
I tend to wake up around 8am regardless of when I went to bed, so I spend a lot of time playing early-morning video games while the other person sleeps. Mostly, though, I sleep like a rock once I'm used to the person's horrible sleep apnea/poky elbows/snoring/thrashing/etc. (although I've never had to deal with more than one of these at a time).

I tend to stay up a whole lot later when I'm not sharing a bed with someone. Cuddles > Reading > Sleep.
Nov. 13th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I have been banished to my son's old room because I snore so bad.

I can sleep that way because I'm used to it now, but I have trouble sleeping if Karen is away somewhere. Just knowing she is in the house is a comfort.
Nov. 13th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not considerate enough to get up when I can't sleep--I just toss and turn and hope to fall back to sleep (falling to sleep in the first place has never been a problem for me). Plus Phil gets cranky when I *do* get up in the middle of the night; he doesn't sleep as well without me there most of the time.

I, on the other hand, sleep just fine when he's not there. Slightly better when he is, these days, but I go to bed before him most nights so I have to fall asleep without him most of the time.
Nov. 13th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
If my husband is out of town, I can't sleep well. But if he's in the house and I'm feeling restless or uncomfortable for more room, I will sleep in the guest room instead.

When I feel restless at night and can't sleep (this is rare because I take sleep aid for depression), I usually wake up my husband by tickling him or something and we talk. If not, I just go to play scrabble on my computer.
Nov. 14th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
For me, depends on which bed-mate. [Unknown LJ tag] can sleep through anything, so I stay in with him, watch TV, play computer, etc.

With lerryn, noise/talking keeps him awake. I either stay in and read, OR I leave the room, shut the door, and watch TV in the living room.

I don't sleep well at night, alone.
Nov. 15th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Depends. sometimes I grap the ipod and watch podcasts until I fall asleep. sometimes I hit the couch so he can sleep and I can be not bored.
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