IT IS 9pm and while many Britons are asleep in their pyjamas, Caroline Duddridge is in bed, getting ready for the day ahead.
The 62-year-old teaching assistant from Cardiff, South Wales, started carrying her clothes to bed in June 2021 so she could sleep 10 minutes longer in the morning.
“I told my partner, Dean Jones, 63, what I need is clothes that don’t crease at night so I can just get up and go,” she said.
“I retired from teaching but went back to elementary school as a teaching assistant.
“But I had trouble getting up even though I slept between five and six hours.
“So sleeping in my clothes changed everything. It took all the stress out of the morning.”
However, Caroline draws the line to snooze in her lipstick, bronzer and foundation.
“I don’t wear makeup to bed,” she said.
“I used to straighten my hair, but not anymore. It is naturally wavy.
“If my hair looks really awful, I just comb it through and tie it back when I get to work. I have a lot of traffic on my way to work, so I don’t have time to get excited before I drive.”
“I have my lunch, coat and shoes at the front door.
“I just walk down and brush my teeth. I’ll be up in five minutes.”
“I have a GPS, so if it’s a school I haven’t been to, I set it up the night before.
“When I get to school, I make myself a cup of tea and eat a granola bar.”
She said that getting from bed to work in 25 minutes is only possible because of the nature of her work.
“If I worked an office job, I probably wouldn’t be able to sleep in my clothes, but I’m a teaching assistant,” she said.
“You don’t have to be smart in a classroom – the kids don’t expect it.
“I wear comfortable leggings and warm sweaters.
“I can get away with it, but probably not with any other type of job.
“It’s hard work. I’m 62 and I work three days a week. It’s compulsory to play outside and run after the kids. It’s physically hard work.”
And as soon as Caroline gets in, she takes off her work (and sleep) clothes and tidies up.
“I shower and put on my onesie,” she said. “Then I decide what to wear tomorrow and put them on when I go to bed.
“I’ve probably worn my clothes for 17 or 18 hours before I take them off. I wash slightly less than other people, but if I worked every day I probably wouldn’t.”
Caroline said she didn’t smell even though she slept in her work clothes – or at least nobody blamed her.
“I don’t think my clothes smell,” she said. “The weather is pretty cold and I don’t really sweat anyway. I use deodorants and perfumes.
‘I told some close friends. They thought I was crazy. Nobody ever said anything.”
“But the summer will be the test. I haven’t worked out what I’m going to wear yet, but I have no intention of changing what I do. You can buy these dresses that don’t wrinkle, so I’ll probably pick these.
“Maybe it’s even easier. The heat of your body sort of takes out the wrinkles.”
She said people thought she was crazy when she revealed what she had done – some of her five children, Lil, Dan and Amanda, thought she was “crazy”.
“They thought it was weird, weird and sweaty,” she said. “They say ‘Oh Mom,’ but it’s okay with them because they can get up earlier. I can’t find any motivation to do so.
“But I revealed it on Facebook and a lot of people said it was a great idea.
“They wanted more information about what clothes I wear to keep from sweating.”
And she said her partner found it “a bit unusual and not very romantic.”
Caroline encouraged people to follow in her footsteps, adding that they would not regret it.
“You have to choose what suits your own body,” she said. “If you don’t like leggings in bed, you can try some fairly loose jogging bottoms.
“Keep your bedroom cool or you’ll sweat. I use a light duvet when I sleep in my clothes.
“But basically I can really recommend it. I saved loads of time. I struggle to get up in the morning and find the motivation to get dressed.”
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