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Alicia (aka Rozzie) Chamberlain (aliciaakarozzie) | 39 comments So I've come to realize that reading is definitely not helping my lack of sleep. It's so bad I've read like 14 books this month already.. I can't stop lol. It's like once I finish one book, I pick up another instantly. Or I go to sleep after I finish one, and wake up a couple (like 4) hours later, start reading another, and finish it that day.

Anyone else have this issue? Lol.


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I have more the issue of being so tired I can barely hold my eyes open, but not wanting to go waste time sleeping when I could be reading or looking for books on here.


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Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 2659 comments Mod
Alicialynn, yes I have insomnia, and my reading habit isn't a lot of help with it. Altho this month I've actually been getting MORE sleep because my dr. had to change some of my meds around and 2 of them make me sleepy and actually seem to put me to sleep. I'm now sleeping a whole 6 hours a night. Normally I get about 3 or 4, so this has been really great to not feel tired and dragged out all the time. :o) Means that I've been behind on my reading a bit tho.



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The Flooze (the_flooze) | 1593 comments Alicialynn, I do practically the same thing! The only time I seem to get some real sleep is if I'm not really into the book I'm reading.

I guess that answers my question as to whether or not reading is the source of my insomnia!


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (gatadelafuente) | 461 comments I have had insomnia the last couple of nights. I guess I should just try to keep reading until I fall asleep, instead of turning out the light and tossing and turning.


message 6: by Tara (last edited Feb 17, 2010 10:47AM) (new)

Tara | 596 comments I do the same thing. Although I do it because I can't sleep. I do try to put the book down if I feel tired.


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I'm with Tara. I can't sleep anyways, so I might as well read instead of laying there wide awake.


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Jessica Bair-Epps | 725 comments I stay up reading 95% of the time but usually wake up hours after I do fall asleep because I'm dreaming about what I was reading. Ah... the strange life of readers


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Shmaybra | 18 comments ^^^^ Happens to me all the time!!!!! I have 3 kids all under the age of 4 so late night reading is the only time I get peace and quite. Usually I stay up reading till 2:30 in the morning then my 4 month old wakes up to eat and we crash out till 7 when my other 2 kids jump on the bed till I wake up. So I know I don't have insomnia.... just really good books!!


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Tara | 596 comments Here's the weird thing I do. When I do fall asleep, I often dream that I'm still reading and I make up bizarre story lines for the book. Which is actually a little confusing in the morning for the first few pages. I'm like, "Wait. What happened to the killer tomatoes that were in this book... oh, that was my dream..."


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Ronda  Tutt (rondatutt) Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "I have had insomnia the last couple of nights. I guess I should just try to keep reading until I fall asleep, instead of turning out the light and tossing and turning."

Hi Danielle, I have insomnia too and even though I have meds to help with sleep, I don't like to take them because of the after effects so I use the best medicines in the world and that is Reading - LOL

Only thing is, I seem to read best at night when all is quiet and I won't get interupted - I'm satisfied that at least I'm up by noon or 1:00 p.m. so I can get to see some day light - LOL

Happy reading


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Ronda  Tutt (rondatutt) Tara wrote: "Here's the weird thing I do. When I do fall asleep, I often dream that I'm still reading and I make up bizarre story lines for the book. Which is actually a little confusing in the morning for the..."

OMG Tara, I do that too - its like I have to finish the story and just make it up as I go - even in color - LOL


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new_user | 1389 comments Yeah, I'm developing a little insomnia again. I have to schedule sleeping/waking times for myself again. ;_;


message 14: by Tara (last edited Feb 20, 2010 01:31AM) (new)

Tara | 596 comments I'm glad I'm not alone!


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The Flooze (the_flooze) | 1593 comments Tara and Ronda, me three!


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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out | 145 comments Shmaybra wrote: "^^^^ Happens to me all the time!!!!! I have 3 kids all under the age of 4 so late night reading is the only time I get peace and quite. Usually I stay up reading till 2:30 in the morning then my 4 ..."

Me too, except now my three youngest are older now at 4, 5 and 6 and I still keep the hours I did when they were infants - normally I head for bed between 2 and 3am and then we are up at 7am for the school run for the oldest 3.
I really find it hard to give up that peaceful time after 10pm (when my hubby goes to bed and the kids are in bed even if not sleeping)
In the last 6 months I'm finding I am more tired though, I really need 6 hours to feel fine rather than the 4 hrs I am used to - I'm getting too old LOL


Alicia (aka Rozzie) Chamberlain (aliciaakarozzie) | 39 comments It must be the over active imaginations or something lol. My husband was arguing with me that I'm not sleeping because I'm reading. So I'm glad its not just me though lol.

@Tara-- Killer tomatos rofl..




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Shay | 98 comments OOOhhh Im suffering fron BOOK Insomnia as well.
I start the resding after work, and i forget myself completely.
I vaguely remeber the boyfriend asks if i want diner and i ignore him.
He goes to sleep and say 'good-night', with me grumping somthing in replay, and then....
He comes back and its morning alraedy! and he goes like: "WHAT?! you are still reading?! in the same position on the same couch?!?! CRAZY!!!!"

:)


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (gatadelafuente) | 461 comments Ronda wrote: "Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "I have had insomnia the last couple of nights. I guess I should just try to keep reading until I fall asleep, instead of turning out the light and tossing and t..."

Another mostly sleepless night. Tonight, I'm just going to read until I fall asleep. I hate when I have this problem, since I have to get up so freaking early in the morning, and drive an hour to work!!! I don't think I'd like taking medicine, but I realize it is necessary at times. I'm sorry you have to deal with that, Ronda.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (gatadelafuente) | 461 comments Tara wrote: "Here's the weird thing I do. When I do fall asleep, I often dream that I'm still reading and I make up bizarre story lines for the book. Which is actually a little confusing in the morning for the..."

Tara, you are such a creative girl. You remind me of my sister. She has the best dreams.

I did dream on Sunday night, that my cat could talk. I called her Jesse, and she kept saying, "My name is Mike." It didn't occur to me until I woke up, how wrong that was. I kept expecting my cats to start talking to me. LOL.


Alicia (aka Rozzie) Chamberlain (aliciaakarozzie) | 39 comments Haha that reminds me of a dream my mom once told me about. She was in the kitchen cooking, and our cat came up to her, so she squated to pet her. Then she started giving birth to kittens, and then told our cat (Silver) "Hey shouldn't you be having these." So then Silver was giving birth to more kittens. Then my mom said she was in bed with all the kittens crawling over her face. She woke up and Silver was laying on her head. I still laugh at her for that. LOL.


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Ronda  Tutt (rondatutt) LOL Alicialynn - now that was funny


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (gatadelafuente) | 461 comments That's really funny, Alicialynn.


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Jessica Bair-Epps | 725 comments When I was reading the VA series my husband said I would say "Kill the strigoi! There coming!" in my sleep.


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The Flooze (the_flooze) | 1593 comments That is hilarious, Jessica!


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Tara | 596 comments Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "Tara, you are such a creative girl. You remind me of my sister. She has the best dreams. "

You're sister must be AWESOME!!! ;D


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Tara | 596 comments Umm.... I mean....Thank you. :)


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Pickles (angstypickles) | 219 comments Sometimes it's insomnia for me, but mainly I'm up at all hours of the night because I'm a big night owl. I much prefer to be awake at night- reading, watching movies, or messing around online - than during the day.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (gatadelafuente) | 461 comments Yes, my sister is awesome! So are you, Tara!


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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (gatadelafuente) | 461 comments Harper wrote: "Sometimes it's insomnia for me, but mainly I'm up at all hours of the night because I'm a big night owl. I much prefer to be awake at night- reading, watching movies, or messing around online - tha..."

Harper, it's unfortunate that I am neither a night owl, nor am I am early bird. I found out that I was born in the afternoon, and that makes a lot of sense. 8:30am-11:30pm are my optimum hours. However I have to be at work very early in the morning, so I've learned to deal with it.


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Pickles (angstypickles) | 219 comments I was born in the afternoon, too (somewhere between 2-3PM), but I find that during the afternoon I sometimes feel really tired and lethargic. In the morning all I want to do is drink coffee and go back to sleep. But when everyone else in the house is asleep and quiet, I seem to hit my stride and that's when I usuaully read or watch movies or whatever. I think this is partially because of my son because he requires so much time/attention, it's hard for me to do other stuff during the day when it's just the two of us.


Lizz (Beer, Books and Boos) | 280 comments I am a very big night person


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Mhollie | 175 comments Read 'til 2 or 3 AM. Then can't get up. I had to buy an alarm called the "Sonic Bomb". It has a ringer like a house alarm, flashing lights & a bed shaker. I never want to go to sleep because I'm too into my books, once there all I think about is what I just read, once I do finally fall asleep, then it takes a house explosion to wake me up for work. I am pathetic.


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The Flooze (the_flooze) | 1593 comments I think I need me one of these "Sonic Bomb" clocks!


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Jessica Bair-Epps | 725 comments Mollie, that's hilarious! I'm a morning and a night person, it's those damn pesky afternoons that get me!


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HelloBookmate  (hellobookmate) ok so I'm not like a bad case of crazyness here... I thought I was totally going insane, my boyfriend told me I should go to a psychiatrist or something.. but you guys can't stop reading either.. so I feel less like a freak 'cause I don't sleep at all beacause of the reading. I've read like 13 book this month already... I know is not normal but who wants that anyway?


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Hiddenheart I have a hard time sleeping at all when I'm into a good book (which is most of the time). Also, the homework for classes catches up to me every now and then. However, I usually make it worst by finishing "jut one more chapter", and by then I've read the rest of the book and am on to the next one. Glad I'm not the only one!


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Kat | 12 comments I usually have a hard time sleeping, if i'm reading a really good book, one time i had a test the next day, so i really forced myself to close the book and go to bed, but i ended up tossing and turning and just thinking about what would happen next haha people always say that you shouldn't start reading at night but well it's just so nice to read at night because everything's so quiet and you'd really go uninterrupted.. sometimes reading feels like its kind of an addiction, or a very bad habit, and I worry that I might ruin my eyes and I won't be able read anymore when I'm like 50 or something.. that would be terrible..


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Tika Newman (TikaNewman) | 11 comments I've been a night owl all my life. So was my mother, so I blame her. In fact, I blame everything on her. hehe

Being a night owl is a good thing to be if you're a writer. No phones, no people bugging you, the rest of the world is asleep and you can write all ya want to!

Molly, your post cracked me up!


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Mhollie | 175 comments Its not so funny when you are always late for work like I am. But my boyfriend thinks its funny. Especially when he tries to wake me up and & talk to him & I'm really still asleep. He always asks if I remember what I say to him. He usually smiles and won't tell me. I could get myself in trouble. What if I call him the name of the hero of the latest book I reading. That would be bad, bad, bad.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (gatadelafuente) | 461 comments One thing I've found that really helps me to sleep better, is if I have a very physically active day. The more exercise or exertion I have, the better I sleep. I've been practically falling into bed and right asleep lately since I've been hitting the Wii Fit really hard.


message 42: by chucklesthescot (new)

chucklesthescot I've had insomnia since I was 15 and I'm reading every night until 3 or 4 in the morning. If I'm close to finishing a really good book I'll stay up until its done. This was a real problem when I was working but not so much now that I'm not! I'm definitely a night person NOT a morning person so I guess we know where the creatures of the night obsession comes from!


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