Okay, today’s “On the fence” question: Do you sleep with your door open or closed?
Why I am asking, is because this weekend, I discovered one of the greatest sleep secrets known to
man mom. It’s called… wait… here it comes…. I give you… SLEEPING WITH THE DOOR CLOSED. Winning!
I grew up with two very “open” parents. Open, I tell you. No topic of conversation was off limits. I slept in their bed almost nightly for 12 years. When I wasn’t in their bed, they always slept with their door wide open. That is what I got used to, and my husband and I took the same approach. Our door has never been closed a night in our married life. Not even for… yah that.
But, this weekend I got smart. My youngest is almost six years old and can now tell time. So, I ordered my boys to try and stay in their beds until 7:30 am and then, instead of coming into our bed (which they usually do at 6:30 am EVERY MORNING), I told them not to come into our room until after 8. And…. I CLOSED OUR DOOR THE NIGHT BEFORE. Bam!
Well what happened? My husband and I slept like babies! The boys tiptoed out of their rooms at I have no idea what time. We never heard them because our door was CLOSED as opposed to the usual opened, where we hear LOUD whispers EVERY Saturday and Sunday morning, “Are mom and dad awake yet? No, they’re still sleeping.” Nope, we didn’t hear anything. My husband and I woke up at 8:30 am to smiling faces playing in the basement. It was the best sleep trick ever. I haven’t slept in until 8:30 in 12 years.
So now I ask you? What if my kid burns up with a high fever in the night and I don’t hear him? Am I Cruella for sleeping with the door closed on the weekends? It worked so well last Friday night, I’m even thinking I might try it again this weekend. Don’t judge me. 😉
Tell us, do YOU sleep with your door open or closed? What do you think about this “winning” weekend sleep strategy?
Selfish (but well rested) Mom