I am a very light sleeper. I have been known to wake up when the person I’m sleeping next to’s breathing changes from steady sleeping breath to a quieter, wakeful breath. If I have a snoring boyfriend, I’ve always been able to roll him or nudge him to stop snoring for the rest of the night. Isaiah stayed over all the time, and it wasn’t the purest sleep I’ve ever gotten, but it was okay on a pretty regular basis. With the new boyfriend, he snores, which wakes me up. I usually have to nudge him (sometimes hard) more than once throughout the night. He has pets that wake me up and two very fluffy cats to which I am allergic. It was okay to stay over during the summer, when I could get three hours of sleep and then sleep again during the day. Since school’s started, there haven’t been any more sleep overs. I always leave, no matter how late it is. I need my sleep to function in this program, and I need to keep my immune system strong.
I think missing sleep makes me look old and, well, tired. I prefer a full eight hours. If life allows, I’ll gladly give up some fun to get nine hours.
Since I am such a light sleeper, I just can’t imagine a marriage where I actually have to sleep next to someone for the rest of my life–a life of sleep deprivation? No thank you. Should I choose my spouse based on the quietness of their sleep? Or perhaps this is another sign that I’m not the marrying kind.


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