Sleep. It should be a girl’s best friend, as we all know about the importance of beauty sleep. But what about those of us who have magic beds that we get into exhausted then instantly give us the energy to run a marathon? That happens with me all too often.
Like many nudists, my sleep struggles are heightened when having to sleep with clothes on. The benefits of sleeping au naturale are pretty well-known in the nudist community and include better body temperature regulation, increased comfort, and just plain convenience. Yet there are times when we must be clothed for bed, like it or not.
For me, one of the times I have to sleep fully clothed is when visiting relatives. Last week I had the joy of visiting and babysitting my nine-year-old niece, Mackenzie, who is just about as cute a kid as they make. Though I was looking forward to seeing Kenzie, I was also a bit nervous because when I drive 5 hours out to her home, it seems my sleep stays right here. Translated: guess who’s wide- awake/ without sleep during every visit out there? Yep, this chickie right here.
But, alas, I’m proud to say that I found solutions to the sleep issues while visiting my family! Eureka! First, I made a new friend named Miss Melatonin. She helped me with the hormonal side of things when it comes to sleep (or that’s what I was told about Melatonin, anyway, when trying to figure out if taking it was a good plan; I’m told that Melatonin does some hormonal thing that gets the sleep cycle straightened out.) Second, I had a nine-year-old who was a ball of energy in my care. That meant not much sitting down. Instead, we hit the amusement park, movies, mall, restaurants, box store, playground, and any other fun place we could find. When we were home, we swam, climbed trees, built box castles, baked, and just plain stayed so active that by the time my head hit the pillow each night, it stayed put… perhaps because it knew that was the only time it could be still.
My cure for sleep problems was Melatonin and a nine-year-old. The Melatonin is available in many stores. If you don’t have a nine-year-old of your own, I’m willing to bet that you can find a friend or family member who will donate theirs to you for a few days to help you in your quest for exhaustion. Unless the child is a member of a nudist family, you’ll have to be dressed but, well, some people are just worth putting clothes on for!