1. In what kind of environment do you sleep best? (e.g. amount of light and noise, temperature, number of pillows, breathe-right strip, sleeping in the buff, etc.)
I like it quiet, but not too quiet. A hard mattress, one firm pillow, and at least a sheet over me (unless it is a very hot and humid night). I don’t like pants-style pyjamas; nothing around my legs—makes me feel trapped. A short nightgown or a t-shirt are perfect. Cool is better than hot, and fresh air is good (if it’s clean), but I’m not wild about the air actually moving over me—my face, anyway. Atavistic, I guess—I keep thinking something’s attacking me, and it’s just the breeze.
2. How much sleep do you need to feel consistently well-rested? How much can you get by on? What are the consequences when you don't get enough?
I need seven hours, can get by on six (or five, if I have to) for two or three nights. When I’m sleep-deprived, I get migraines, I get depressed, I get cranky. Not a pretty sight. Question: In thrillers and science-fiction novels and other action adventure-type books, people often go for two or three days without sleep. They are often described as exhausted, worn out, etc.—but none of them ever gets migraines. Can you really believe that there are so few of us migraineurs in the world that none of the detectives or spies or space pirates are one of us? Hah—another hole in their plots…
3. Night owl or morning person?
Morning, mostly. I don’t stay up much past 11:30, and I’m usually up by 7:30 at the latest. One day a few weeks ago I slept in until 10, but I’ve done that a handful of times in the last ten years.
4. Favourite cure for insomnia:
Reading: usually Moltmann or Kung…although I don’t dislike them, there’s something about those Germanic sentences that wander on for a paragraph...or two...that just…lets…me drift….off….snnnnzzzz….
5. To snooze or not to snooze? Why or why not?
Actual picture of me, sleeping...NOT!! I wish...