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The Morning Questionnaire: Maia James

Featuring Huffington Post blogger Maia James.

Savvy Rest is very curious about sleep—and about people, too. From time to time, we ask interesting folks these nine questions to give you a peek at how others sleep…even what they’re dreaming about.

How did you feel when you woke up this morning?
I felt confused. I was in the middle of a really deep dream and was awakened by my baby. It was—uggghhh, where am I, what’s happening?

Can you remember a dream fragment?
I have this dream, it’s a nightmare…I was in labor and really bummed about it—wait a minute, I already did this, I don’t want to have another kid!

What’s the first thing you did when you got up (after the bathroom)?
Changed my baby’s diaper.

What do you like most about mornings?
I like that the kids are usually in a good mood—we have a nice stretch before everybody gets cranky and starts asking for TV. Mornings are the time when they’re a little self-entertained and I can have the joy of doing the dishes uninterrupted.

What do you like least?
Waking up. My baby will sleep in but the four-year-old is sometimes pre-6:00 a.m. Sometimes my husband will get up with him. But the idea of waking up naturally when you wake up…even on Sundays, that’s just not happening.

If you could change one thing about your bedroom, what would it be?
It would be neater, cleaner. Because my bedroom is also my office it always ends up a mess—my desk with papers and toys. On the days when I actually take the time to clean it it makes such a difference to my mood. Why don’t I do this every morning?

When was the best sleep you’ve ever had?
I never fall asleep in a movie theater, in a car, or on a massage table. But I had a prenatal massage when I must’ve been exhausted. I fell asleep right on the table and when I woke, I felt that it was the best sleep I had ever had. She was an amazing acupuncturist and masseuse and I still dream of going back to her just to get that nap.

The worst?
ONE worst sleep? I think one night when both the kids were sick, we had some brutal time sitting in a rocking chair with a kid who can’t breathe…one would get to sleep and then the other would start coughing. It was a flu kind of thing.

What would you like to hear to tuck you in, other than “Night-night”?
You are not going to be interrupted for a solid eight hours.

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