Valuable lesson.Condition one, always.
I learned that one day when a guy got into a big argument with the cashier of a local store. dsk has it described in his #2. There was no way I could rack my gun without immediately drawing attention to me. Yes, my gun was out but I never had to use it. Thank God. From then on I always carry and have my nightstand guns loaded and ready.
I put it in a holster, and three feet away from my bed(in a drawer.) I thought I don't want to grab it half asleep.Something I always advise with home defense guns, if it's your bedside piece be sure to keep it slightly out of reach, in a holster or inside a drawer, or better yet in a rapid-access safe. The reason is that when you're suddenly awakened and hear a sickening noise that indicates somebody may have broken in you don't want to make a panicky grab for your weapon while still only half-awake. Grabbing a fully-loaded gun in the dark and touching the trigger by mistake might cause it to make that annoying boom sound when you don't want it to. Make it so that you have to be fully awake and cognizant before you put your hands on it.