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Why Does Reading make you Sleepy?

Why Does Reading make you Sleepy?

Most of us have experienced this kind of feeling especially those who usually has a habit of reading before going to bed. On the other hand, there are those who get sleepy just by reading a few pages. In some cases, there are still those who never get tired from reading books whether during daytime or night time.

Reading can be an almost hypnotic action characterized by rhythmic eye movement, a relaxed physical position and a focused attention. When you’re in this state, your body becomes passive and your alertness decreases unless the topic that you’re reading requires you to use your mind like mathematical calculations, deductive thinking, reasoning etc. in this way, your body easily gets tired thus resulting in sleepiness.

So why do we feel sleepy whenever we read? There are a lot of possible reasons and here are some of them.

Are you a night person or a day person? There are persons who are more comfortable reading during the day while there are some who prefers to read during the night.

It may depend on the book that you are reading. Most of the time, the reason why we feel sleepy everytime we read a book, is because the topic might not be interesting to us. Boring materials can make you feel tired and make your eyesfeel a bit heavy causing fatigue and alerts your body to get some sleep. However, when you’re reading a book of your choice, your whole focus and attention is on the story. You’re looking forward to what going to happen next and you get excited.

Check your posture. Our posture contributes a lot to how we can focus on reading and avoid getting sleepy. Whenever you read, try to find a goodposition not in a relaxed state like lying down. Make sure that your eyes are in the correct position facing straight towards your book to avoid eye strain. A good reading light can also help maintain your focus on reading.

Reading is tiresome. Remember that mental work is 3 times more demanding than physical work.


13 Submissions

  1. Thanks for the info! Was just recently dozing off!

  2. I suspect there are reasons not yet identified for the extreme of this condition. I suspect there’s a seizure-like condition like narcolepsy
    that causes some of us this extremely [can be] debilitating condition.
    I never could read because I immediately fall sleepy and it takes a couple
    hours of deep rem sleep to bring me back. Try again, same thing. I can
    maybe read 3 or 4 pages in an eight hour period. It’s hell, it’s not just
    boredom or anything minor. This is a syndrome that is devastating to
    a child or adult

  3. REPLY TO THIS ONE I FORGOT TO CHECK THE BOX FOR “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail”

    Have the same thing. Currently researching about it. How’s luck on your side?

  4. I have this. Every time I start to read I fall asleep within a few pages. Fortunately I can take a quick nap and then I can read for hours without a recurrence. Its very predictable. Why does the nap fix me? Weird.

  5. “When reading continuously, your body exerts a lot of energy from your eyes as magnetic waves”

    The credibility of this entire article is made highly questionable by this ridiculous statement. For real information, it is recommended that you read articles written by people with a grasp of reality.

  6. Hi guys.
    Over the past couple of years I have been travelling alot for work. I often read to pass the time, most times I read I will feel tired but certain factors seem to help me keep my focus longer.
    I have often found that by drinking an energy drink (red bull being my poison) that I can read almost the entire 1hr trip home, though with out I seem to only manage 30mins at best.
    Although when I drink an energy drink I never feel more energetic, but after doing this a few times I believe its good to see how this stimulates me.
    Thought I would share my ramblings.


  7. Wow this feels like an ad for red bull. Can you clarify the magnetic fields bit?

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