10 Aug 2015
It’s not for lack of trying. I’m half-way through a book that I’m really enjoying, but no matter what I do or what I read, I have this problem. I used to be the kind that could finish a book in a day. A week tops. Now it’s been several months and I haven’t finished any good books.
For a while I got in to a habit of reading several chapters of a book before bed. I’d turn off all the lights, use the light on my Kindle, and read until my eyes were heavy and I couldn’t remember the page I read before. Because of this little ritual, my body now thinks every time I read, it’s bedtime.
No joke, yesterday morning I woke up, had a bowl of cereal and started reading. I had gotten a good nine hours of sleep the night before. I read for maybe 30 minutes until I started to feel like someone had slipped something funny into my Cheerios and I was out cold. Three hours later it was lunch time and my biggest accomplishment for the day was drooling on the couch.
And it’s not because I’m bored. The book I’m reading right now is really good! I just cannot stay awake! It doesn’t matter how much sleep I’ve gotten or how exciting the reading material is, I sleep. And these aren’t just quick power naps. No, I’m dead to the world for at least two hours.
Reading is seriously one of my favorite things. And I won’t lie, I really enjoy a good nap. If there was an award for napping, I would win. But I would really like to be able to do both! I miss the days when I could read for hours on end. Now all my reading is good for is replacing an Ambien.
Does reading make you sleepy? Or do I have book-induced narcolepsy?