Ray’s night time sleeping habits are predictably unpredictable! We have no idea where he will sleep, or how often he will change his location during the night. We do know that we will find him in the morning in either the kitchen, the living room, or somewhere in between.
Just recently however, I had a bit of a surprise. I had got up around 2:30am (sometimes one just has to!), and upon returning to bed, and just as I was dozing off, I felt something quite heavy land on the end of the bed. I had absolutely no doubt that Ray had jumped up but this was very unusual. He sleeps on my bed a lot during the day but has rarely come up during the night.
As soon as he was up, he walked up the bed; took a good close look at me, and then curled up alongside me. To a casual reader this may seem to be one of those “Awe ……….. how cute” moments but you have to understand that 75lbs of Ray is a force to be reckoned with.
I like my space in bed. I like to be able to roll over as necessary to get comfortable. I like to be able to “bunch up” my pillow and move it for better head comfort. In short, having a Ray right alongside me really cramps my sleeping style so I do the logical (?) thing. Not only am I uncomfortable with feeling his weight against me, but he puts out a lot of heat so I move over a little!
This solved all my problems for about 5 minutes, or possibly less. Ray decided to stretch out to take advantage of the additional space, and also to rotate himself such that his head was also on a pillow.
Lifting my head up and looking at the scene in front of me (alongside me) was definitely a moment to smile about, but I really wanted to go back to sleep. I decided to once again move over just a little and, once again, Ray decided to use the additional space.
I was now at a point where any additional moving would take me out of the bed and on to the floor. I love this guy so much, I thought that rather than disturb him, I would just try and get to sleep in the narrow strip of bed that was available, and hope that I didn’t roll over (and out of the bed) during the night.
Why I thought that could possibly work is beyond my understanding and can only be explained by the fact that one’s brain is on reduced power at 2:30am. Trying to sleep on a piece of mattress probably not much more than 15 inches wide, and with Ray on one side of you and an 18 inch drop to the floor on the other side is not conducive to a good night’s sleep, or any other form of sleep!
Sometimes, one just has to take charge and so I pushed back forcing Ray to also move. He was now over on his half of the bed while I had my half and all was well. I settled down to hopefully a good sleep during what was left of the night, and Ray was …………. what was he doing? Ray had decided that “enough is enough” and got up. He then decided to jump off the bed and go to sleep somewhere else!