Sleeping, Eating & Reading

For 1-3 months in 2004 (can’t remember exactly for how long), I was prescribed Stillnox. It has a different name in the US, and it was one of the meds Heath Ledger was taking at the time of his demise. So, I have a history of bad sleep.

In the past few years, I’ve found myself napping in the afternoons. Not every day, not even every week, but they happen. I’ve been off the Stillnox for years, but naps rob you of sleep you could be getting overnight.

So what does this have to do with why my reading has slowed?

Of an afternoon if I’m reading on the couch – no matter how good the book is – I get drowsy. I lose concentration. It gets to the point where I put the book aside, snuggle down and drift off, even with the lights on.

The only way I’ve been able to read in the afternoon without drowsiness lately is when I’m eating the big bags of chips/crisps. Which is a bad habit, which is why I’m trying to stop it.

So if I want to go without binge-eating, I go without the reading time. Thus I turn to my lists or Movie Maker to fill in the gap before the evening television begins.

I’m still managing to read before bedtime. Depending what’s on telly, I watch my usual programmes, shower, sometimes hit the computer, and then I read until about midnight. So binge-eating and before bed are the only times when I get books read lately. Which is why I’m so slow.

What about you? Do you nap? Have you had sleeping disorders? Does your eating/sleeping/reading have some kind of correlation like mine?

3 responses to “Sleeping, Eating & Reading

  1. When I was in college, both reading and tv watching coincided with eating. Then, to rationalize reading instead of studying, I would eat. To make matters worse, I was working until midnight at the bookstore and would come home and eat junk food, while reading, before I went to bed.

    I’ve managed to stop the eating while reading habit. I’m trying to get into a reading while exercising habit so that I have more motivation to go to the gym!

    As for sleeping, I frequently fall victim to bouts of insomnia – not the up all night insomnia where I could actually accomplish something and read while I am painfully awake. Nope, it’s the kind where you sort-of sleep without really falling deeply into sleep, and then I wake up a dozen times overnight and wake up exhausted the following morning. To keep me from falling asleep in the afternoon and thereby losing even more sleep at night, I’ve been taking my books outside and reading on our porch. Seems to be working – I’ve yet to fall asleep outside!

  2. I’ve had a sleeping disorder for years – for me, it’s mostly entwined with fibromylagia. I’ve been on Stillnox on and off, but mostly just take a low dose of Endep every night.

    Oddly, I swing between insomnia for months and then oversleeping for months. I hear you on the napping while reading in the afternoons – it was a huge issue of mine as well. I haven’t had the problem for a while, simply because I’ve been too busy to read in the afternoons a lot.

    I think I’m the same with eating keeping me awake too – I do a lot of emotional eating, so that probably ties in there somewhere.

  3. Becky, I admire your ability to multi-task. My only form of exercise is walking (which I do a lot, as I’m without a car), but I don’t trust myself to traverse a muddy, slippery paddock and read at the same time. But I’m proud of your coordination! 😉

    Yep, Stephanie, I’ve found that the best way to avoid napping is to keep busy. And emotional eating…well, I do refer to my afternoon reading-eating foodstuffs as my “comfort food” 😉 But really, my meds take care of the emotions – or at least they don’t strike me as powerfully.

    Have a lovely day! 🙂

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