The bed as sacred space

by Jessie K on February 13, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m a big believer in the bed as sacred space. No paperwork, shopping bags, supplies and definitely no tools of any kind allowed on the bed.  My bed is a sanctuary, not a table. I want to feel calm and peaceful when I fall into the sheets, not disconnected and harried. Jake used to tease me about my “sacred space! sacred space!” predilection, but he’s come around (I wore him down by hollering “SACRED SPACE!!!” whenever he’d do something like toss a hammer on our bed).

But the other night, the “sacred space” debate was reignited when he came to bed with the iPad. I looked at him like he’d just fired up an electric fondue set.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“What?” he responded. “I’m reading an article.”

He thinks it’s fine to bring a screen into bed for some light reading before bedtime, while I think it’s tantamount to drinking a can of Monster energy fuel right before lights out.

What do you think? Do you consider your bed a sacred space? Do you allow screens between the sheets? Or is it the kind of thing that is unavoidable?

(An interesting blog post about maintaining good sleep hygiene here.)

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