Are You Too Tired to Read? | Fun Questions

January 5, 2017 Fun Questions 23

Fun Questions LogoJoin me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Are You Too Tired to Read?

For years my main reading time has been just before bed. I would go in to bed a half hour to an hour before I wanted to be to sleep and that would be MY TIME. Sure I keep a book with me at all times and if I end up with extra time in a waiting room or something, I’m reading. But before bed has been my primary reading time. And I used to be able to finish a book a week at least.

Well lately, I’ve been too tired! I go in to bed a half hour to an hour before sleep time to read and within MINUTES of picking up my book, I’m asleep. And it has nothing to do with how good the book is. Great books have found me snoozing within minutes. So I thought I would try doing some reading earlier in the evening, on the couch. Guess what? Within MINUTES I fell asleep. At this rate, reading physical books is taking me several weeks! The only ones I’m making fast progress with are audiobooks.

Am I alone in this? What do you do to get your reading in? I used to do a lot more daytime reading, while I was a student. But now that I work a regular work schedule that just doesn’t happen. I might try reading on my lunch break, but usually I have work to do during lunch break…. I’d love to hear how you either get in your reads or stay awake!

Are you too tired to read too?

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23 Responses to “Are You Too Tired to Read? | Fun Questions”

  1. anna @ herding cats & burning soup

    I don’t have that problem too often. I’m not good at falling asleep if I’m doing something else (reading, watching tv, etc). I go through antsy spells instead when I can’t settle down to read. I’ll sit down and get like a page read then bounce back up. So annoying on both counts. Hope lunch reading helps! And woohoo yay for audiobooks. They’ve been keeping me going, too 😀
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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    ROFL Yep, this happens to me as well and I don’t work with kindies! 😉 Sometimes, if I’m having trouble making time during the day for reading, I use my morning “alone” time to read. This is the time of day I typically am drinking coffee and reading blogs. But I’m an addict and if I’m not reading, I’m cranky. So I fit it in there. I might also choose to read rather than listen while I’m on the elliptical/treadmill.
    I think I may have mentioned on my blog this fall about how sleepy I’ve been. I felt like the time change was affecting me and we hadn’t changed time yet! LOL This break has helped but that’s because I’m not getting up at 4. Starting Monday…ugh!
    This was fun to read and I hope you figure out a way to get your reading in, Berls. But know that it’s normal for you to be tired…your body is saying “I’ve had enough of this day. Sleep time.” 😉
    Have a great weekend!!! Happy reading! {{{hugs}}}
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    • Berls

      LOL it sucks! And I just don’t have much spare time in my day for reading. If my treadmill weren’t in the bedroom I might use it for my morning workout – but Kiko is asleep. So I use videos and that would be scary to try and read while doing a latin dance video. ROFL! But you’re right, I do need to make sure I get my beauty rest 😉 {{HUGS}}

  3. Greg

    Yeah this happens. 🙂 Usually if I’m up late and then try to read before bed… although oddly enough if I’m reading on the computer it’s not so bad, but if I’m in a comfy chair or bed- goodnight! lol it’s so irritating!
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    • Berls

      LOL so irritating! Yeah, I think the computer screen keeps me up. But a book or my paperwhite screen – they don’t have that jarring light that keeps me alert.

  4. Katherine

    I go through phases where this happens – especially during the summer because by the end of the day between being off schedule and the heat I’m exhausted! I always get so frustrated because it does make it take forever to finish a book and because I’m only reading tiny bits at a time I’m don’t get as connected to the story.
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    • Berls

      OH yes, the heat is a killer! Definitely exhausts me too. And then the school year exhausts me because… well work! LOL! No time of year is safe 🙂

    • Berls

      I just don’t have time to read during the day… I’ve contemplated reading during my lunch break, but it’s rare that I don’t have some sort of work to get done during lunch. And that’s really the only time during the day I have, except weekends. I get a little daytime reading then.

  5. Lola

    I don’t have this problem often, unless I start reading too late or am really tired. But often I can get at least half an hour or so of reading time in each evening. Although I’ve started reading at other times as well and now before going to sleep isn’t my primary reading time anymore. I read during breakfast and lunch and sometimes a small break during the day. My evening books actually take me the longest to read now as well as I read on my ipad the rest of the time and go through books much faster there.
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    • Berls

      I like that idea of reading during breakfast – but my morning is for blogging. Otherwise I’ll never get the time to visit anyone. And then I eat my breakfast on the road to work. Lunch is busy. And dinner we watch a tv show together. So my meal times are out 🙁

  6. kimbacaffeinate

    Sometimes. I read for at least an hour in my chair. At bedtime, I plug in my headphones, set the sleep timer for 30 mins and listen to my current audiobook. 8 x’s out of 10 I hit sleep timer again. I either fall asleep easily or toss and turn for is awful.
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    • Berls

      Ahh _ I’ve tried the sleep timer and I either get too into the book to fall asleep (so yay audiobooks for the win) or I fall asleep right away and then it’s a pain trying to remember where I was. But I get plenty of audio reading time in anyway – my problem is actual reading, where I can’t multi task. I’m with you on the tossing and turning though – that’s the worst. I’d rather fall asleep too quickly than toss 🙁

  7. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’ve found that a lot of my reading comes in chunks over the weekends. I also usually try to read between 7-8 each night, but on some nights, the husband and I stream movies together and I don’t want to cut into our time together. During football season (and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE football) and can read while we watch games which probably adds to my Saturday and Sunday reading time. Sometimes I read before bed, but since I became addicted to Parenthood last week, I usually end up watching it instead now.
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    • Berls

      Grr! For some reason my blog INSISTS on putting your comments in for moderation. You’d think after a few dozen approvals it would get that you’re allowed!

      Squee!! Parenthood! That’s one of my top 5 favorite TV shows 🙂 I hope you love it!

      Yeah, I get in more reading during the weekends too. But since I always try to get more time out of my weekends than they have, not as much as I would like.

  8. Melanie Simmons

    OMG! I’m the same way. I remember when I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading a book. Not any more. I’m like you, it has nothing to do with the quality of the book, just my inability to stay awake. I get a lot of reading done on weekends first thing in the morning. I will read before DH gets up. I also try to sneak in some reading here or there too. I do read sometimes during lunch, but I’m like you and work through it a lot. I rarely do evening reading anymore. I hope you find something that works for you. Good luck.
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    • Berls

      Weekends definitely give me a bit more reading time, though I try to do work and blogging on weekends as well. So not as much reading time as I would like. I’m still trying to read before bed and it’s working out ok- just not like it used to. I guess I have to deal with it taking a while to get through books, because I can’t really find another time to read :/

  9. Michelle

    I usually use the book to help me fall asleep because it’s relaxing but I try to read whenever I get a chance. Bathroom, while cooking, waiting for the kids to come out of school. If I lay down and read I pass out no matter what time lol if I sit on the kitchen chair and read I’m usually good 🙂 For me it’s usually depends on the day and how much I slept the night before!
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    • Berls

      How you read while cooking I can’t even comprehend. I’d burn something… no EVERYTHING. I sometimes listen to an audio book while cooking and that’s as far as it goes for me. Maybe I need to get less comfortable when I read. But gah, I like to be comfy lol!

    • Berls

      I’ve had a few stints where I pick tv over books – but it’s rare. Probably because, like you said, books are so much easier to get emotionally involved in 🙂

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