Why I Try Not to Sleep in Workout Clothes and the Importance of Pajamas

Christine Schrade-Keddy
4 min readSep 13, 2023
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A while back, my favorite author/teaching Pastor, Shauna Niequist wrote about pajamas, in her fabulous book “Present over Perfect”. She wrote about a time that she was working on learning to take better care of herself. She wrote that one of the first things she was told to STOP doing was sleeping in workout clothes — you know, t-shirts, sweatpants, yoga pants etc.

Why do women try to relax and sleep in clothes that make them think of being active?

Shauna was told to go out and buy REAL pajamas. Nice ones.

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She did. And she goes on to describe how different it feels when you are getting ready for bed in real pajamas. I read this, and tucked it away in my mind for later reference.

A few years ago, The Captain and I were preparing for our first visit back to the island of St. John in 13 years….Before we went on our vacation, I was in Kohl’s looking for a small size vacation wallet and I absent mindedly wandered into the pajama section.

I realized, it had been YEARS since I bought actual pajamas.

Not since High School really. It was in college that I started living in sweat pants, leggings and workout clothes. It was easy. If you had to run out for any reason, you were already dressed.

It was also, in college, that I became a workaholic.

Working two and three jobs to put myself through, when my Dad got sick and my family fell on hard times. I started waitressing and nannying and teaching preschool….all while maintaining a high B average- in a double major. (I SO know I could’ve graduated with a 4.0 if I had not had so many jobs…) Sleep became a liability at this point in my life. It just got in the way of all that I needed to do to survive. That was when the running started. (not ACTUAL running- I ACTUALLY can’t run to the end of my driveway)…..The running to keep up with everyone. And the perfectionism. And the drive to help everyone. And the addiction to those stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. My drugs of choice. The addiction to the multitasking and the…

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Christine Schrade-Keddy

“Not THAT kind of Baptist “ Minister/ Spiritual Memoir/ Sheologian/No Longer Living on a Boat/ Recovery/she-her/missistine.com/@revkeddy on Instagram