Does Reading Make You Sleepy?

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@payout (3722)
United States
July 18, 2009 12:31pm CST
I like to read now and then but Most of the time I don't even bother because I notice that reading just makes me tired. I open and book read a couple of pages then I just start getting tired.. Eventually I will just close the book. Lay down and then wake up late and probably wont ever read that book again. It's like that with most books but.. Some books keep me up. I guess most books just don't interest me enough that I can't keep up. Well yeah DOES READING MAKE YOU SLEEPY????
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul 09
It depends on the book, to be honest I used to be quite a bookworm until the dreaded internet took over and I spend all my reading time on the internet, however I do make time for Harry Potter, yes I am 38 and love Harry Potter and I'm off to see the film end of the month!!!! When I used to read a lot it wasn't very often that a book made me sleepy, however college books when studying would always make me sleepy. I guess it's non-fiction that has the sleepy affect on me. When you are trying to understand college text books or doing studying for exams then I will get sleepy very quickly, because the boredom factor sets in, fast!
@payout (3722)
• United States
18 Jul 09
Haha I think everyone or almost everyone wants to see that new harry potter movie. I'm not a big super fan but I think it's cool I will watch one day haha.. but yeah school books are like sleeping pills they are boring like crazy lol.. but yeah usually hte fiction books are more awaken lol.. for people
19 Jul 09
yes! im a 29yr old Harry Potter fan, i love to read, it keeps the brain ticking. i was up at our local HP stockists at midnoght before the release of each book...and yes i have them all!! lmao..sad i know. i think you do need to read something that interests you, i love to read before i go to bed so in answer to the origional question, yes i feel reading can make you sleepy but if its an intriguing book which i cant put down such as HP, then i find it hard to sleep as im so caught up in the story!!!
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
23 Jul 09
Thank you for the best response, much appreciated ;0)
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• United States
19 Jul 09
No reading does not make me sleepy but I enjoy reading. The problem at times is putting it down. I read during down time at work, during commercials on TV, and before I go to bed. I have caught myself reading and being on the computer at the same time. Do you think I like to read? Yes, I am an avid reader. I can read 2-3 books a weeks with an average of 500 page book. There are times, however, I wish it could make me sleepy.
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@payout (3722)
• United States
19 Jul 09
OMG... Your like a reading... .. I don't know what but wow I don't think I can read the way you read. You must be one of those people who read like crazy haha.. but yeah keep it up that must be one of your good skills reading haha.. = ]
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
20 Jul 09
My wife reads like that, she never gets tired at night reading and has to force herself to put the book down!
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
Depends on what books I am reading. If I like the content of the books then I wont feel drowsy, but if it is very boring, my eyes become blurry and about to close.lol!usually I will discontinue reading books which won't interest me.
@payout (3722)
• United States
23 Jul 09
Yeah it mostly depends on the books haha.. I'm the same way haha.. but yeah take care and keep reading .. =]
@levanueb (132)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
Reading books is my way when I have difficult in sleeping. But if the book I am reading is a suspense one especially written by Sidney Sheldon, whoah i will not stop reading until I am done with it...
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@payout (3722)
• United States
22 Jul 09
Oh ... I guess reading a book at night is a good way to try to get some sleep in haha.. =]
@cher913 (25887)
• Canada
20 Jul 09
i love to read and the only time i usually get to read is at night after my kids are in bed (or heading that way) and i usually find that at that point, reading does make me tired (perhaps it is because i already am). also, reading relaxes me, so that makes me tired too.
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@payout (3722)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Haha your one of many people I learn and found out they like to read when there about to go to bed. I guess thats just a way to relax and go to bed haha.. I should try it someday if I really want to go to bed and I'm not tired and I need some sleep Im sure it's a good chance it might work haha.. =P
@dodo19 (35651)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
20 Jul 09
There are times, when reading makes me sleepy. It doesn't always have this effect on me, but there are few occasions, when it does. I think that it just depends on the time, the day, as well as the occasion.
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@payout (3722)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Well yeah the time of the day and stuff can make reading boring and make you tired but I guess that can be a reason I just don't think reading is my thing lol..
• United States
20 Jul 09
Yes it certainly can, if I find the book boring and it doesn't "catch" my attention immediately then I will never get through it.
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@payout (3722)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Yeah I think it's just the look of books so many pages and blah makes you just want to go not read a book ever again.. Sometimes I just don't know how people do it sometimes haha..
• United States
20 Jul 09
I can't imagine not being able to stay awake while reading a book. I'm practically addicted to them. The only time I find myself falling asleep while reading is when I've been up for over 24 hours. One thing you could try is having some tea or coffee and maybe a snake next to you while you read. I generally have something to drink close by when I read and that might make a difference. And I'd definitely check the books that you can stay awake for and find more like then.
@payout (3722)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Haha You must be one of those power readers or something that just love love love to read haha.. but thats good thats just probably one of your skills haha.. Keep it up.. As for me no no no no .. Can't do all that I will just go to sleep. lol..
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
20 Jul 09
I quite often fall asleep while I am reading and BANG, book lands on my face and wakes me!!! My wife thinks that it is hilarious...lol I really do struggle to stay awake but only because I read to wind myself down in bed at night. I am not a night time person so I have trouble staying awake anyway. Occasionally (very rarely) I read in bed in the morning and can read for hours without getting sleepy because I am wide awake in the mornings! It does not matter what I am reading and it frustrates me when I am reading a book that I am really enjoying but cannot get it read, because two pages into the night and I fall asleep!!! My wife and daughter think that I am a slow reader but I am not, it is just that I only get to read when I am tired! :-)
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@payout (3722)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Yeah I like reading those good good books well books I can relate too. =] but yeah take care.. haha... I read like a chapter then fall asleep. lol =P
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Reading does tend to put me to sleep. But I think that's because I rarely have time to pick up a book till I go to bed, at the end of a long day. I *think* I'm going to spend some time reading, but in no time at all, I'm asleep, and with the light still on. It's not because the books are boring, or anything like that-- it's simply because I'm already ready to sleep. On the rare occasions when I do have time to read during the day, I do NOT tend to fall asleep.
@payout (3722)
• United States
20 Jul 09
That could be a reason because you don't read a lot so maybe your not use to the relaxing feelings because your always moving and stuff. I think thats what Happens to me haha but yeah. I get the same way reading is relaxing and makes me tired. =]
@uicbear (1902)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Reading does, often times, make me sleepy. But, there's a part of me that wonders if it just helps me relax enough to fall asleep. Most of the time, I decide to pick up a book is right when I am getting ready to go to bed. I will lie down and open the book and before I know it, my eyes are closing. I don't really read on a casual basis anywhere except my bed. I guess I'll have to experiment and bring a book to work and read on break to see if the "sleepy effect" will occur there too. (Maybe that's not such a good idea.)
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@payout (3722)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Yeah reading can be relaxing probably too relaxing for me so I get tired.. but reading makes me think a lot and Image things in my head.. or settings and stuff. =]
@KrauseHome (36062)
• United States
20 Jul 09
For me, it would often depend on what type of book I am reading, as well as will the book keep me interested as well. I know that it also depends on what it going on and what time of day or night I try to read something as well. But personally most of my reading anymore comes from here via the Internet. I find if I start getting tired though when here, just take a break and go do something else and things will get better from there.
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@payout (3722)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Yeah reading books is not over rated but it's not as fun as reading on the INTERNET I guess because it's the new cool thing haha.. =P
• Philippines
20 Jul 09
well it always depends on what you read. Me, I only read books that interest me. I consider the author. I love reading romance novel written by Judith Mcnaught and Julie Garwood. They are an amazing writer. I have read most of thier novels already. When I read their story I can't stop reading it till the end or until my eyes will give-up..
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@payout (3722)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Yeah.. and you must be new and welcome to mylot by the way =] but yeah reading must not really be my thing when it comes to books i have no problem reading off the computer though but yeah have nice day and keep posting need any help PM me.. =]
• Philippines
19 Jul 09
Oh, this is one thing i can relate to. that' s right i ended up sleeping after like 2 to 5 minutes. i remember being instructed to read the book of da vinci code, i finished that after three days..with concluded naps.lolz
@payout (3722)
• United States
19 Jul 09
Wow I don't think I can go to sleep that fast haha.. 2-5 minutes haha.. =] but yeah it takes me like a whole chapter lol..
• United States
19 Jul 09
It depends on what Im reading, Some books do and others do not. You need to find something that is interesting to you and you will then be able to keep yourself awake. Or you could just read a little bit once you get in bed every night and let yourself fall asleep with the book.
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@payout (3722)
• United States
19 Jul 09
Yeah some books do but I think most books do with me haha.. but yeah .. reading on the computer is much more interesting I don't think it matters what type but it makes me more interesting and makes me want keep reading fora little bit.. but if the story is blah forget still lol..
@maharlikah (1045)
• Philippines
19 Jul 09
Reading books really make me sleepy but not with the monitor. heheh
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@payout (3722)
• United States
19 Jul 09
Yeah reading makes me sleepy lol.. but yeah reading a monitor is more fun haha..
@youless (96988)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Jul 09
I think it depends on which kind of the book. If it's a book which I am interested in, I won't feel sleepy. On the contrary, I will try to finish reading it. If it's a boring book like the text book, it will make me fall asleep soon:) So we always tease that if you are sleepless, you shall read the text book and it will be the best solution:) I love China
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@payout (3722)
• United States
19 Jul 09
Yeah it depends on the book and the mood for me if I will stay awake or not. =]
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
19 Jul 09
It depends what books that I read. I remember When I was in school days, I need to read some revision books, it made me felt so sleepy. But when I was reading some novel, I never had sleepy at all, what I want is finish the novel as soon as possible to get to know the story to the end.
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@payout (3722)
• United States
19 Jul 09
I like reading fictional books and history books are very boring I hated reading them they made me really tired and I have lunch before that wow it was like nap time for me haha..
@dreamr802 (986)
• United States
19 Jul 09
Sometimes reading does make me sleepy. I love reading but I tend to do it right before bed It's a nice way to calm my mind and body down before going to sleep. This is why I love to read before I go to sleep.
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@payout (3722)
• United States
19 Jul 09
oh I think a lot people read before they go to bed.... So yeah thatsa reason to relax your mind then go to bed haha..
• India
19 Jul 09
i feel like sleeping when i read my text books and when i read history i just cant open my eyes and most of the time i read to sleep.
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@payout (3722)
• United States
19 Jul 09
OH Fiction Books are more fun then non-fiction books.. History is very boring.. when it comes to textbooks