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?