Quick Five – Beds and Sleep

I know many Banditas and BBs love their beds. Whether it’s to cozy up with a good book or to sneak an extra nap, we love to find ways to creep back to bed beyond our usual sleeping time. So today I thought it would be fun to do a Quick Five on Beds and Sleeping.

sleigh bed I love being in our bed! I think some of it is that I love our bed *g*. I always wanted a sleigh bed with carvings on it. We couldn’t afford an antique bed, but did find a gorgeous one in the Macy’s sale one year. We added lovely deep mattresses and climbing into bed (literally!) is a real pleasure.

Our bed is topped with another item I always wanted – a handmade Amish quilt, which we bought on our visit to Pennsylvania Dutch country. I could have bought out the whole store – there were so many stunningly beautiful quilts! The work that went into them all was amazing. It makes me feel good to know the love and care that went into our quilt.

Other than my lovely husband, I’m usually accompanied by at least one of our two cats. In fact, they commandeer the bed when we’re not in it too! Especially on those afternoons when the sun shines on the bed – very cozy.

Cats Mar 09 055aIt’s probably a good thing I enjoy our bed as I need a lot of sleep! It’s a myth that as you get older you need less sleep. At least it is for me! With a Big Birthday approaching this summer, I find myself needing more hours, not less. Perhaps that’s because I rarely sleep through the night anymore *sigh*. I need 8-10 hours to feel well-rested, but can get away with 7 at a push. Anything less and I’m grumpy!

I’m also one of those people who would rather be up late and sleep late. When I was a student, I’d work through the night to get projects done, rather than get up early. Mainly because I knew I’d never make it up when the alarm went at 5am! I HATE getting up early! Honestly, I don’t know how I managed it all those years when I worked in business – I got by with as little as 4 hours sleep a night and was often in the office for 7am!ย 

So, how about you?

1. Four-poster, sleigh bed, futon, hammock, sofa-bed or just a plain bed?

2. Left side or right? How many share your bed (furry babies included!)?

3. How many pillows? Duvet, quilt, sheets and blanket, just sheets or nothing?

4. Early to bed, early to rise or late to bed, late to rise? How many hours do you need to be well-rested?

5. What’s your favourite thing about your bed?


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  • catslady says:

    Ahh me thinks I’m going to have company lol.

    1. Tumper-pedic replaced our waterbed – love it.
    2. right side (closest to the bathroom lol. At least two cats.
    3. 2 pillows. All kinds of covers. Our bedroom is over our garage and very cold in the winter. So an electric blanket, sheets, blanket, and quilt.
    4.Late to bed and mostly late to rise. 7 hrs. is nice but sometimes it’s less.
    5.All the above and the fact that it’s where I like to read the most.

  • catslady says:

    Oh drat – that was temper-pedic lol. I was so excited about getting that crazy rooster lol.

  • catslady says:

    Oh, drat – I guess it’s way too late – last try – tempur-pedic hahaha.

  • Jane says:

    Hi Anna,
    1. Captain’s bed
    2. Left side
    3. Four pillows, duvet and sheets.
    4. I’m a night owl. I need about 7 hrs to be well rested.
    5. It’s comfortable, I like the firmness of the mattress.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Wow – that’s a lot of pillows, Jane – are they all sleep pillows or are some of them decorative? I used to love lots of decorative pillows, but it got to be such a pain taking them off the bed to sleep!

  • Helen Sibbritt says:


    Love that bed

    1. Four-poster, sleigh bed, futon, hammock, sofa-bed or just a plain bed?

    We have a plain bed and base with a bed head and side chests but I would love a sleigh bed

    2. Left side or right? How many share your bed (furry babies included!)?
    I am on the left side and just us two now unless one of the grandkids sneek in when they are having a sleepover LOL

    3. How many pillows? Duvet, quilt, sheets and blanket, just sheets or nothing?
    One normal pulloiw and one curved pillow sheets and a pure wool quilt

    4. Early to bed, early to rise or late to bed, late to rise? How many hours do you need to be well-rested?
    Early to bed early to rise I seem to manage these days on about 5 to 6 hours sleep but would love more LOL

    5. Whatโ€™s your favourite thing about your bed?
    The comfort

    Have Fun

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks, Helen!

      LOL on the grandkids – they do like to sneak in. My niece and nephew used to do that all the time. Not great sleep for the adults in the bed though, with all those arms and legs everywhere. Why do they need to sleep at an angle too?!

  • 1. Plain double bed.

    2. Alternate – it’s just me!

    3. 4 pillows. Sheets and blankets – although no blankets in this hot weather!

    4. Early to bed, early to rise. I’m like you – need eight hours. I’m lucky if I get five at the moment. Sigh.

    5. The lovely view out the window across the lake.

  • Beth Andrews says:

    Lovely bed, Anna! I have a small collection of handmade quilts as my MIL used to make them and we often went down to a quilt auction where I’ve bought a few Amish quilts.

    1. Regular Queen sized bed (though one day I’d love a sleigh bed)

    2. Left side.

    3. Two pillows, flannel sheets (a must in the winter!) a quilt and an extra blanket.

    4. I used to be late to bed, late to rise but after having kids it’s early to bed, early to rise. If left to wake w/o any alarms or interruptions, I sleep 9 hours *g*

    5. Favorite thing? My husband’s in it with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    1. Four-poster, sleigh bed, futon, hammock, sofa-bed or just a plain bed?
    I have an old retro book case bed

    2. Left side or right? How many share your bed (furry babies included!)?
    Left side when I am alone through the week, right side when BF is around, 1 fur baby when she deighns to visit me then she is an all out bed hog. To be such a little thing she takes up some serious room.

    3. How many pillows? Duvet, quilt, sheets and blanket, just sheets or nothing?
    Much as I love to sleep, I am not a good sleeper. My thermostat broke years ago and I can’t keep a comfortable temp that long at a time. The pillows (anywhere from 1-3) and the blankets (anywhere from sheet only to sheet, 2 blankets, bedspread and another blanket over my feel) change often during the night.

    4. Early to bed, early to rise or late to bed, late to rise? How many hours do you need to be well-rested?
    I work 10-hour shifts usually 4 days a week and since I am not a good sleeper if I am not asleep by 9 pm things can get ugly come 5 the next morning. It isn’t my nature to be an early riser, I am a night owl by nature but the old bod can’t handle it anymore and you know what they say….If you can’t hang with the big dogs, stay on the porch. Dianna——-> Sitting on the porch.

    5. Whatโ€™s your favourite thing about your bed?
    The fact that I have a bookcase right at my head works for me very well.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Nice, Dianna – a bookcase by the bed sounds perfect. Funnily enough, our bedroom no longer has bookcases in it. Given we have over 40 in our house, it’s a surprise, but then I suppose we have more books now.

      LOL I think I’ll be on that porch with you, Dianna!

  • melody may says:

    1. Sleigh bed frame with a temper-pedic mattress.
    2. Left side and I share the bed w/ husband. We use to share it with the dog, but we kicked him out when I was about 7months pregnant with our first child. The dog was a bed hog and he was a small dog too. Not cool.
    3. A sheet and comforter. I have an extra blanket on my side.
    4. When I was younger I use to be able stay up late and get early. Now I’m I just want to sleep.
    5. It’s my bed

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I know what you mean about those furry babies being bed hogs, Melody May. Like little kids, they seem to enjoy sleeping across the bed!

      I always have an extra blanket or quilt on my side of the bed too. You can tell it’s really cold when hubby starts to nick it!

  • Connie Fischer says:

    1. Four poster king sized bed.
    2. Left side. I share with this man who calls himself my husband and (snicker) and my furry kitty in the middle.
    3. I sleep with two thinnish pillows under my head, sheet and light bedspread on top. Living in southwest Florida means we rarely need a blanket.
    4. Iโ€™m usually in bed by 9:30 PM and up fairly early. Iโ€™ve always been that way. Iโ€™m one of those weird morning people!
    5. Favorite thing is itโ€™s comfy and I love it!

  • Deb says:

    1. We had an antique sleigh bed, but DH didn’t like the end board….So, we bought another one about 2 years ago. It has a high headboard of dark cherry finish and the frame sits ups quite high. I love it. Reminds me of something from the 40s. Love the mattress, too; a Euro-top.
    2. Left side
    3. 3 or 4 pillows; sleep with one. Love my foam pillows. Let’s see, I like to be warm, so I have flannel sheets (even in summer….believe it or not, they aren’t warm in summer, just comfy), fleece blanket, quilt my mother made, comforter.
    4. What’s early? I go to bed between 9:30 and 10 on weeknights, 10-midnight on weekends. I get up at 5:30 during the week. I like to lay in bed and read now that I have a Kindle (yeah, don’t know why it makes a difference), watch t.v., and sleep.
    5. I love the look of the bed frame and the matching dresser; they look like they are from the 40s. I like the height of the bed and mattress and the comfort it has for a good night’s sleep. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anna Sugden says:

      *sigh* an antique sleigh bed. Still a 40’s style bed is very nice – I love cherry wood.

      What is this 5:30 am of which you speak?! LOL The only time I see that part of the day is if I’ve been up all night!

  • Oh Anna – I love, love, love my bed and have a hard time leaving it on these cold mornings.

    1. We have a queen size sleigh bed. Both the headboard and the footboard are padded leather. Works great for the Dh’s head. ๐Ÿ™‚
    2. Right side. While it’s closer to the bathroom, I really chose that side because it’s farthest from the tv which can be on all night.
    LOL about the fur babies in the bed. This morning I made the bed and turned around to see the cat had already snuggled in between the sheets. Only her head peeked out from the middle of the bed – like she was just waiting for me to leave! ๐Ÿ™‚ Some days we have a big dog that sleeps on the floor right by the bed.
    3. 2 pillows for each of us. Satiny sheets, a quilt and a really soft duvet.
    4. I’m a night owl who tends to sleep in. Like you I need those eight hours, though often don’t get them.
    5. Favorite thing is the man next to me ๐Ÿ™‚ but I also like the view out the window visible from the bed. It’s not spectacular as views go, but I have window boxes. I see the flowers blooming for three seasons against the backdrop of a big friendly tree.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      LOL our cats have been known to snuggle into that warm spot as soon as we get out of bed, Donna! You can tell how cold it is outside by how quickly they take over from us!

      A bed with a nice view is a good thing indeed!

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Hi, Anna,

    1. Plain queen-sized bed.
    2. Right side for me, only Honey and I,
    no fur babies. ( Back when I was ” grand-
    mothering,” the daughters would bring
    the babies in, tuck them next to me, and
    we would get a bit more sleep before
    starting our day!)
    3. Two pillows each, sheet, 2 medium
    weight blankets.
    4. I’m a night owl, late to bed and late
    to rise. ( Although lately I’ve been up
    early several times and seen Honey off
    to work! )
    5. Favorite thing is snuggling close to
    my man in our comfy bed!

    Pat C.

  • LOVE your sleigh bed. I would love to have one like it one day.

    1. I currently sleep on a double-bed sized futon. It has the original mattress, but I broke down and bought one of those temper-pedic 4 inch thick foam mattresses and Good Lord! it was worth every penny. It is divine!

    2. Left side. It is away from the wall which makes for an easier exit. I share my bed with three cats and six small dogs. They are a motley crew and each has their own particular spot on the bed. It is actually their bed. I am allowed to carve out a small space on it for myself. LOL

    3. I bought one of those memory foam pillows with two different edges – one for sleeping relatively flat and one for propping the neck. Again worth every penny. I have two other regular pillows on the bed, but they have been claimed by my furry bed buddies. Cotton sheets with two top sheets. A thick comforter and if it is especially cold I will add a quilt or two. I have several that I’ve made by hand myself.

    4. I cannot make myself go to bed before 11 or 12. All of those years as an opera performer have destroyed my inner clock. Unfortunately I have to be up at 6 AM to make it to work by 7! I DESPISE getting up that early. Left to my own devises I would not rise before 9 or 10 AM and not retire before midnight. Which means I never get enough rest at night! I average between 5 and 6 hours a night and I think I would do much better with at least 8!

    5. I love to read in bed. A rainy Sunday afternoon piled into bed with my furbabies and a good book is my idea of heaven.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks, Louisa. It’s such a joy to me. I’m sat in bed right now to type this response!

      Goodness I’m amazed there is room for you on that bed! But it must be so nice and warm with everyone all snuggled up.

      I never could manage a futon. They’re hell on my back! The pillows sound good though, may have to check them out.

  • Pissenlit says:

    1. Just a plain bed with a headboard…though, I’ve never considered a four-poster…that might be cool.

    2. Smack dab in the middle! But if it wasn’t just me, I think I might call the left side. When I stayed over at my cousin’s place, their cat, Pancake, surprisingly got into bed with me. Turns out the spare bedroom belonged to him and I was actually sharing his bed!

    3. One pillow. I can’t wrap my head around (heh!) using more than one. I like the look of quilts but I’m a big weight-y poofy duvet-kinda girl…no flat sheet.

    4. I can be either a night person or an early morning person though I have a tendency to sleep late unless I’m staying somewhere with a window that lets in the bright morning sun. Providing I don’t make a habit of it, I can function after an all-nighter…though caffeine is helpful in that situation.

    5. My big weighty poofy duvet. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Love big, weighty, poofy duvets, Pissenlit. One of the good things about a very cold winter is getting the duvet and the quilt out!

      There is something about waking up with bright sunshine. I do probably need less sleep in the summer because of the very early sunrises.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Pretty bed!

    I have a regular king size bed that I share with two dogs.

    I usually sleep on the left with one dog snuggled alongside and the other curled around my feet. It’s a big bed! You’d think they’d want to stretch out but, nope, they both have to be touching mommy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have two pillows (one for me, one for the dog), sheets, comforter and blanket in the winter.

    I usually go to bed around 11 and get up at 6:30. I need 7 hours sleep to feel well rested.

    Favorite thing? The view!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Each fur baby has their own spot, don’t they PJ?! Jersey Girl (the one with the white bits) likes to sleep tucked into my back. CC likes to sleep in the curve at the back of my knees or on top of me! It’s not unusual for me to drop off with one cat curled up beside meand wake up with the other one there!

  • Mozette says:

    1. Four-poster, sleigh bed, futon, hammock, sofa-bed or just a plain bed?

    Mine’s a plain old bed… nothing fancy about it. But the bed head and furnishings are from the 1970’s; actually Mum and Dad had them in their bedroom and gave them to me to furnish my bedroom. So, I went with the theme and had a lot of fun with finding a 1930’s chair, an old mirror and using my late-Grandma’s 1940’s quilt to finish the look… and it all pulls together well!

    2. Left side or right? How many share your bed (furry babies included!)?

    I don’t share my bed with anyone. Unfortunately, if I ever do, they usually get pushed out of the bed by me – human or animal. It goes back to when the family would go camping and my brother and I were forced to share a bed and he would steal all the covers and pushe me out of the bed… so, now, I can’t seem to share. Silly really. I’m also a cover hog… I cocoon myself up into the covers and nobody can get to me.

    3. How many pillows? Duvet, quilt, sheets and blanket, just sheets or nothing?

    I sleep on 2 firm pillows. In any season, I have a summer bottom fitted sheet on the mattress, and in Winter, I have a fleesy sheet on top with a blanket and a feather duvet. In Summer, it’s all Summer sheets with a blanket – and depending on how hot or cold it is – I’ll probably use the blanket by the end of the night. Most times I don’t.

    4. Early to bed, early to rise or late to bed, late to rise? How many hours do you need to be well-rested?

    I have tried going to bed early and end up laying there in the dark wide wake looking at the ceiling… wondering what the heck I’m doing. So, I go to bed when I’m tired at around 10:30pm. By the time I lock up the house, deadlock the doors, make sure the fish are happy and the tv and stereo is switched off at the wall, it’s getting onto the 11pm… then, I have to get changed, brush my teeth and do my hair and before I know it, it’s 11:30pm and I’ve turned out my light and it doesn’t take long before I’m sleeping.

    5. Whatโ€™s your favourite thing about your bed?

    Well, it’s a pretty old bed. I bought it last century when I was working, so it’s about 20 years old and was used once in a commercial – yep it’s second hand. It cost me around $400 still in its wrappings and has served me well. Have to get a new one soon.
    But I like my bed because when I wake up in the morning, I can look out the window and see the blue sky and the sun for a while… it’s just lovely to do nothing and feel the breeze from the window waft in for about 15 minutes before getting up (it’s Summer here, so it’s nice). And no matter what the weather, I can say that it’s nice to get to bed and find that particular spot where I can just drift off easily.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Your bed and bedroom sound lovely, Mozette.

      I try going to bed early, especially when I know I have to get up early the next day, but I can’t get to sleep either! Not being the best sleeper anyway, it’s such a problem for me!

  • Kaelee says:

    I love your bed and your fur babies.

    Regular Queen sized bed for me.

    Left side farthest from the bathroom. My husband and two cats sometimes.

    I have four pillows for when I read in bed and two get left on the bed when I sleep. Microfiber sheets, bedspread and a blanket in the winter. Just sheets in the summer.

    Night owl here. I get by with about 6 hours of sleep but I’m trying to train myself to sleep longer.

    Love reading curled up on my pillows.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thank you – and thank you from my girls, Kaelee!

      Oh I wish I needed less sleep. Just think of how much more I could get done, if I didn’t need all those hours of sleep! I envy people who are happy and can operate on 4-6 hours.

  • Barbara Elness says:

    1. I have a sleigh bed.
    2. I sleep on the left side (it’s closest to the bathroom) and I sleep alone. No pets right now.
    3. I sleep on two pillows. I have two quilts and sheets right now, in summer I’ll have sheets and one quilt.
    4. Late to bed, late to rise if I get the choice, but on work days it’s late to bed, early to rise. I’d like to have eight hours, but I usually get about 5 to 5 1/2 hours, and on the weekend I get 9 or 10.
    5. My favorite thing about my bed is that it’s comfortable.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Ooh another sleigh bed fan!

      Isn’t it funny, Barbara, how we ladies need/like to be closer to the bathroom? I don’t like turning lights on at night because it wakes me up even more, so I try desperately to ‘sleep walk’ to the bathroom!

  • MJ says:

    1. Four poster–the first thing I bought with my paycheck when I started teaching. It’s pine and so tall we have a step-stool to get in it.

    2. Right side.

    3). Two pillows, sheets, quilt and afghan for my feet.

    4) Early-to-bed, early-to-rise! I love 8 hours, but I can deal with 6. I aim for 7.

    5) I love sleeping right under the ceiling fan.