Apparently, no one had really experimented with sleeping next to it.
I’m one of those people who has a very difficult time sleeping at night. I have never been the type of human who could just lay down, close my eyes, and drift off to a peaceful sleep. In fact, for as long as I can remember, I have suffered from insomnia. Even as a child, I was riddled with anxiety and laid awake at night dreaming of all of the dangers that could befall my friends and family. I have suffered from sleepless nights and unpleasant days ever since. One of the things that I’ve realized about my insomnia, is that I can improve it vastly with the right environmental conditions. So long as I have complete darkness, sufficient background noise, and an extremely cold environment, I can generally sleep for a few hours. The problem comes when I stay in someone else’s house. If I don’t have control over my lighting, noise pollution, and indoor temperature, I’m likely to lay awake all night. This is exactly what happened on my recent trip back home for the holidays. I was staying in my grandma’s basement, which is inherently cold and damp. Because of the outdoor temperature gets down into the 0 degree range, the basement can be brutally cold. She installed a small, electric fireplace in the basement several years ago. Apparently, no one had really experimented with sleeping next to it. I woke up in the middle of the night, burning hot and sweating through my sheets. I desperately turned down the temperature on the fireplace, but there was no choice between freezing cold and burning hot. The basement was extremely warm and impossible to sleep in, or freezing cold and miserable to wake up in. Needless to say, it was a sleepless holiday.