What does your sleep routine look like? Until college, I figured everyone followed basically the same drill: when the clock strikes 10 p.m., you put on your pajamas, turn off the lights and crash. But once I had roommates, I realized how idiosyncratic bedtime rituals can get. One friend likes to sleep in jeans (jeans!!!). Another is a true night owl and can’t pass out until 2 a.m. A third listens to basketball player Scottie Pippen’s deep voice while drifting off.
So, for fun, I asked our CoJ team to share how they prepare for a good night’s sleep. Here’s what they said…
Joanna Goddard, editor
Bedtime: 10:30 p.m.
Two words that describe the mood while getting ready for bed: Chatty children. My boys get (strategically) talkative as we move toward bed, but the joke’s on them because I love hearing their thoughts pour out.
Currently reading: Demon Copperhead. He’s an incredible character — think Holden Caulfield if he grew up without parents in the mountains of Appalachia — and the story flies along.
Favorite sleeping companion: Marlow pillows, always and forever. This perfect pillow, with cooling-infused memory foam, helps me sleep so much more deeply. You can adjust the squishiness and softness to exactly how you like it, so you never wake up with a sore neck. I love them so much, I got Marlows for every bed in our apartment and gave one to my mom and sister for Christmas. They’re that good. (Bonus for CoJ readers: Marlow is offering up to 30% off four or more pillows, plus an additional 20% off, good through March 20th. No code needed.)
Jannelle Sanchez, associate editor
Bedtime: 9 p.m., I’ve always turned in early — I was the kid who fell asleep first at sleepovers. Thankfully, I married a guy who goes to bed early, too.
Two words that describe the mood while getting ready for bed: HELL YEAH.
How I knew I’d found ‘the one’: One evening, when we were first dating, we were hanging out at Max’s house watching TV. We were having a great time, but as soon as the clock hit 10 p.m., he turned and said, “Welp, you should probably go. I’ve got to go to bed.” I was both annoyed and ecstatic to find someone on my bedtime wavelength.
Favorite sleeping companion: My daughter’s white noise machine. My shoulders drop as soon as I turn that baby on.
Jenny Rosenstrach, food columnist
Bedtime: Around 9:30 p.m., but I don’t turn off the light until an hour later.
Two words that describe the mood while getting ready for bed: Mini vacation. Climbing into bed is my favorite part of the day since it’s the only time I have dedicated space for reading an actual book — not Twitter, not the news, nothing that is scrollable or backlit.
Best magazine to read before bed: Any profile from the New Yorker. I loved Nobody Has My Condition But Me, a personal essay about the author’s one-of-a-kind genetic disorder. It was fascinating.
Favorite sleeping companion: My dogs — but only if my husband lets them and usually he doesn’t (they keep him awake). And lip balm to wear while sleeping.
Kaitlyn Teer, contributing editor
Bedtime: 8:30 p.m.
Two words that describe the mood while getting ready for bed: Unreasonably hopeful. But I’m always side-eying the baby monitor and hoping we’ll all sleep through the night.
Most amazing dream: I once had a dream that I was pregnant. Then I woke up and took a pregnancy test, and it was positive. When I’m pregnant, my dreams can be eerily accurate.
Currently reading: Happily: A Personal History with Fairy Tales, a stunning memoir about motherhood and fables.
What do you do to wind down for the night? Do you need any tools or swear by any rituals? I’d love to hear.
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