How To Sleep In This Weekend
Remember Rubin Kincaid, the annoyed, but ultimately supportive band manager on The Partridge Family?
He was forever being woken up by one of the kids to help solve a zany caper, usually involving a life lesson we preteen viewers could take to heart. Lessons like, it really is better to tell the truth, even though you might disappoint someone; bragging never helps you make friends; and sibling rivalry can easily be soothed if you work together to write that new hit song. I learned a lot.
But every time Danny or Keith or Lori busted in to Rubin's room during the day, he was inevitably sleeping and wearing a mask across his eyes to keep the light out. I always found this odd, but glamorous. Why was a grown man still sleeping in the middle of the afternoon? And where did he get that fancy silk eye covering?
My own father wouldn't be caught dead in bed after the sun is up, and prefers to beat the roosters. So to me, the whole thing was puzzling.
Much later, when I moved into my first apartment in San Francisco it was awash in gorgeous light. Until then I'd never lived anywhere except the suburbs where, when the sun goes down, that's that. There's no more light so you go inside (and it's pretty dark in there, too.)
Now, living in the city in a big corner apartment facing south and east, light poured in from sunup until....well, always. The brightness never stopped because I lived up so high the city lights filled in where the sun left off. I loved it. So I never wanted to mar my gorgeous views with curtains or blinds.
You know where this is heading. For the first time in my life I needed a way to block the light so I could sleep. Rubin Kincaid to the rescue!
Today I've mastered the art of sleeping in. Or at least I've identified the three tools required if you're serious about trying. Here they are:
- Bucky Eye Shades. These are the top-of-the-line for serious sleepers. Silk might sound like a good idea, but these soft, fleecy shades with extra cushioning block out light and stay in place more effectively. And they have a cute little pouch at the top for tucking in your ear plugs.
- Ear plugs. If you live in a city, have kids, or share your bed with a mammal of any kind, ear plugs are an essential tool for sleeping in. Grab a pair at any drugstore and try them tonight. You'll be amazed at how much later you can sleep!
- iPad. Let's be realistic, if you have kids, sleeping in is not bloody likely. So, yes, sometimes I put out the iPad at night and tell Aspen she can watch one of her shows in the moring while Mommy and Daddy sleep in. Don't judge me.
Sometimes I wonder if Aspen might come to think of me as a little weird. Once she sees that most adults don't wear a big mask to bed, will she hesitate to invite her friends for sleepovers? Here's hoping she sees me as I saw Rubin Kincaid...odd, but glamorous.
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