Snuggling Stuffed Animals Works Better Than Valium
Iâ€™m getting more than used to the mayhem of a blended family and a new baby and all the noise that comes with that mayhem.
Some good Karma came my way, last week, when my fiancÃ© had a business trip out of town, my babyâ€™s loving Nana wanted to have him sleepover at her place, my daughter was with her father, and my stepchildren were with their mother.
This meant I had one entire night alone, all by myself.
I once looked forward to these nights â€“ the ENTIRE bed to myself! Eating pizza in bed! Wearing my most ugly yet most comfortable pajamas! Not brushing my teeth! – but as I tried to fall asleep, I felt out of sorts and kind of lonely. The silence was deafening. That is, until I found Ellie, and spent the night sleeping with her.
Who is Ellie? Well, Ellie has been in our family for almost 10 years, and is one of my daughterâ€™s favorite stuffed animals, who has travelled the world with us, and is treated, as far as a stuffed animal goes, as well as an actual human. We all love Ellie, the stuffed elephant, and everyone knows to talk to her lovingly.
So when I saw that my daughter had left Ellie, the stuffed elephant, on my bed, I decided to just hug this stuffed animal to see how it felt. Before I knew it, I was acting like a toddler and Ellie, the stuffed elephant, became like my security blanket, and made me feel extremely relaxed and comforted.Â I held this stuffed animal even tighter. So, yes, I admit, I slept, cuddling with Ellie, the stuffed animal elephant, the entire night.
Iâ€™ve never been a good sleeper. Itâ€™s not uncommon for my friends to be like, â€œYou sent me an e-mail at three a.m.â€ To which I respond, â€œI couldnâ€™t sleep!â€ I also have the worst time falling asleep, my mind never stops thinking or worrying or stressing.
But it turns out, all I needed to get a good nightâ€™s sleep, is not to work out for hours a day, or listen to meditation apps, or drug myself, or drink no caffeine after noon.
I just needed a damn stuffed animal to cuddle with at bedtime. I wish I had known this years ago.