Our contributor, Kaleigh Glaza, is here today with an honest look at why she does not like sleeping alone in her apartment.
In a world of “The Ted Bundy Tapes” on Netflix, long-running TV shows like “Law & Order: SVU” and true crime books like “I’ll be Gone in the Dark,” I don’t understand how anyone is sleeping calmly these days. Crime and murder have become a part of pop culture, and you can find them everywhere. And I am all in. I love a good mystery or true crime documentary…that is, until I have to sleep alone in my apartment.
Now, hear me out on this one. I am a fully adult person (or at least I try to be), who lives with two roommates in a split-level walk-up apartment in a major U.S. city. I function in normal society, except when I lose all sense of decorum around puppies. But, after watching a few episodes of a true crime documentary after work, or finishing a murder mystery novel, I find it hard to sleep alone in my good-sized apartment.
I know that may sound crazy, but it’s true! And I can’t be the only one. In fact, I know I’m not. Other bloggers have talked about this, and while everyone might have different reasons, there are plenty of us bad-solo-sleepers out there. And it’s OK! We have each other to get us through!
So, if you too are a (logical) human who doesn’t like sleeping alone, here are some tips to help you get a nice night’s sleep, even without anyone else home. These are things that have helped me when I hear those bumps in the night or have watched one too many kidnapping scenes before I need to sleep alone.
- Keep your normal bedtime routine but add in a cup of calming tea or even a glass of wine. This consistency helps by keeping the normal routine you use to unwind at the end of the day, with an extra bump of sleepiness.
- Double check all locks. That way, you don’t have to worry about it once you’re all snuggled into bed.
- Have a buffer show. Watch your favorite episode of “Parks and Recreation” or a funny YouTube video before you head to your room. It will have you smiling and clear some of the scary show memories from your mind as the last thing you watch before bed.
- Read in bed! This may sound counter-intuitive, but reading in bed will relax you before you have to actually go to sleep. Plus, lots of people end up falling asleep as they read anyway!
- Get that white noise going! Turn on the fan, download a white noise app or do something to drown out some of the usual creaks you would normally hear and ignore at home.
- Try CBD! From oils to water to gummies, plenty of people are now turning to CBD to help with anxiety and even sleep issues.
- If all else fails, set booby traps. Yes, for real. I have put chairs in front of doors. I know people who have hung jangly necklaces or key chains on door knobs to make noise. My parents kept a baseball bat next to their bed for years. Whatever you need to do to make yourself feel safe and more secure! It sounds crazy, but I promise, you will feel better.
A lifelong Chicagoan, Kaleigh currently works in the Windy City’s food social media and marketing world, which is perfect for her cheese- and chocolate-obsessed self. She is your go-to girl for recommendations on travel, Champagne, the best Beyonce songs to sing in the shower and the latest in thriller fiction reads. In addition to Glitter Guide, her work has also appeared in Refinery29, The EveryGirl, Lux and Concord, DiningOut Chicago Magazine and others. Follow her on Instagram at @kaleighglaza and work with her on food, blogging and social media at https://www.kaleighglaza.com/.
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