Do you sleep with a comfort object?

August 05, 2019

Do you sleep with a comfort object?

When I was little, I had a teddy bear named Peggy. Who am I kidding? I still have Peggy. I received her for my 8th birthday as a gift from my neighbors. They asked what I wanted, and I said I wanted a teddy bear because I had lost my original one. It seems that my first teddy had no strong significance to me, as I don’t remember its name or how I lost it. I have kept Peggy for many years.

A while back she lost her eye and I bought her an eye patch. Years later, she now resides in my craft room closet. Even though she isn’t out on display or being acknowledged regularly, I don’t know that I could part with her. And though I didn’t sleep with her religiously, as children often do with their stuffed animals, she is still near and dear to my heart.

Teddy bears, blankets, and stuffed animals - when we use these items to help us sleep and/or cope, they become “comfort objects” or “transitional objects”. This can be any item that you use to help you deal with anxiety, to destress, or to sleep. A number of studies have been done regarding adults and sleep habits (Travelodge and Sleepopolis are two studies that I read about) and it seems that each study concluded that approximately ⅓ of adults sleep with some form of comfort object.

I do have my nightly rituals and routines that I need to help me fall asleep. This includes taking melatonin, wearing earplugs, and wearing an eye mask. My body has become accustomed to these items, and I find that I don’t sleep well without them. Though I don’t sleep with a particular comfort object, during the night I often find myself curling up my blanket into a bunch and tucking it between my shoulder and my ear. Is this my comfort object and I just don’t realize it?

 

Do you sleep with a comfort object? Can you sleep without it?






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