Several months ago, I purchased a self-inflating sleeping pad and a nice, toasty 20-degree sleeping bag. Events have conspired against their intended use so far, as I have yet to get out into the trees for an overnight.
Well, I currently find myself locked in a house brimming with the seasonal plague. As of this writing, I’m the only one not taking prescription or OTC meds to survive. And I’m the only one not coughing, which is murder at night when one is a light sleeper like yours truly.
The other night, ’round about midnight, the loudest and most egregious hacker in the house woke me from a dead sleep with a twenty minute wounded seal-sounding coughing fit. My living confined to a single room, there was nowhere for me to go to escape the racket and get some sleep.
Except the closet.
So in I went, pulling down my pad and bag from a shelf there, and after tearing them from their storage bags, I laid them out on the cramped floor and tried to sleep. I’m one who, when pulled from restful slumber between the hours of midnight and 3:00AM, takes at least an hour to fall back asleep. What can I say? I’m not a great sleeper. And I have no clue what a nap looks like.
When I did fall asleep, I found the arrangement surprisingly comfortable, given that I was sleeping on a carpeted concrete floor in a small space, and considering I hadn’t added much in the way of air to my pad (it takes four or five breaths to bring it to full volume). The bag was beyond warm, though; I couldn’t snuggle into it without sweating, so I settled for being cool on my exposed side and roasting on my down side. Yes, I’m primarily a side sleeper…
So in attempting to make lemonade out of my sleepless lemons, I spent the next tired day counting my rough night as an opportunity to give my sleeping system a dry run.
Note: This is my 100th post! Woohoo! 100 consecutive Thursdays of writing something ridiculous, sometimes with photos, and throwing it up here for a faithful few to read. Now for some serious marketing talk: When it comes to blogging, consistency is the key. Pick a schedule you can faithfully adhere to, and blog away.
For those who do read my nonsense, thanks. And, I’m sorry…