A Reading Problem

Candace, 09 November 2007, No comments
Categories: Academia, History, Life, School

I was going to start daily blogging of insurmountable problems. But it turned out to be impossible.

(see? I have a sense of humour!)

The latest struggle: staying awake. I’ve always had trouble staying awake. As a babysitter I had to work hard to stay awake until the kids were asleep. Usually the parents woke me up when they got home. At my own pyjama party I was the first one asleep. Dating? /sigh/ Pumpkin time was early.

Now the problem is mostly because I have So Much Reading to do for school. It doesn’t matter if I try reading first thing in the morning, in the afternoon, or after I put the kids to bed. It doesn’t matter if I’m at my desk, at the kitchen table, or on the couch. Within a few pages my eyes are heavy and next thing I know I’m waking up.

I have to allot several sessions to get a reading done because I know I will not be able to stay awake through a sitting.

It doesn’t matter if I drink coffee. I can fall asleep drinking a cup of coffee. I can put on music, sit outside, even read at the university. Anywhere, anytime — I’m asleep. And once I’m out there’s no bringing me back.

I’d appreciate any tips for staying awake or how to read while sleeping so I can get through this “chapter” of my life. (egads! more humour!)


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  1. Karen
    13 November 2007, 6:12 am

    Hi candace turn the heat down. There is nothing like being uncomfortably cold to keep you awake. I say this as I sit here at the computer in the coldest part of my drafty old house next to a big badly insulated window. Of course this may make concentrating some what difficult. Good luck Karen

  2. Candace
    13 November 2007, 9:03 am

    Good idea Karen! I tried it though and ended up reading my book wrapped in a blanket on the couch…I’m sure you can guess how that one ended.

    I find if I get up and move around when I realize I’m getting sleepy I can prevent the nap — but then I’m not reading.

  3. leaf
    13 November 2007, 8:03 pm


    have you heard of the “treadmill desk”? Combines a treadmill and computer, meant to be used at a very slow speed – continuously through the day.

    You might try this with your reading but… you’d need a treadmill for starters.

  4. Candace
    15 November 2007, 1:07 pm

    Hmmm interesting. That might help. Thanks for the idea!

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