14 November 2007

Newspapers for blankets?

Reading in Bed
Originally uploaded by e mil y
I haven't been sleeping much lately. I'm going through one of those phases where it takes so long to fall asleep, there doesn't seem to be a point in going to bed early, because when I do I inevitably end up lying there with my eyes locked open... but when I go to bed late, it takes me just as long plus I'm too tired to do anything else.

When I get extra-crispy desperate and tired I read "expert advice" on sleeping, and two rules always stick out: Limit your caffeine consumption, and limit your non-sleeping time in bed. Coffee maybe I can cut slightly back on, but bed is hands-down my favorite place to read and has been since I was a little kid. (This may also have something to do with the fact that I don't have a couch. My dish chair is nice, but not the same.) As far as sheer hours, though, I probably read more on the subway these days.

Where are your favorite places to read? (Extra credit if you recognize where my title comes from.)


Sarah said...

Ah. I like to read in bed but I only do it right before I go to sleep which means I only get like 20 pages in before I sack out. Favorite places for longer reading? OUTSIDE in the SUN if the weather's nice - a park, a big rock, in the pool, etc. On the couch with a blanket if it's rainy or cold.

Sara said...

I've always read in bed, but I decided to only read there when I'm trying to go to sleep. This way, I can tell my brain to cycle down, and I'll know when I'm sleepy and not ignore it.

Out of bed reading locations include my squishy chair on my porch, and starbucks.

(P.S. my circadians got so off this week that I finally downed some OTC sleeping pills. I feel so much better this morning!)

Emily said...

I am really bad about reading and doing other things in bed. Like, I am on the laptop, and usually I just close it and set it aside next to me and sleep with it in/on the bed. This is probably a problem. I have often gone to bed with laundry and/or full stacks of books in bed with me as well. The benefits (and I'm not being sarcastic) of being single...

That said I am much better about going to sleep early if I just get in bed and do whatever (Computer, reading) for a bit. I get my stuff done, I feel calmer for having had a few moments of zen, and when I feel tired (which inevitably happens immediately) I have no incentive to do anything but go straight to sleep.