Ever since I became a reader, I spent my wee hours of the night on my bed with something to read (an actual print copy, my e-reader, or my phone containing the things (manga, webtoons!) That’s how I want to spent the hours before I sleep. I want to read!
I’m an insomniac ever since I was a kid (oh boy, I remember when I was just this tiny little 7 year-old creature, I was so anxious if I couldn’t sleep after bedtime, even just few minutes after it I immediately panicked! I was so scared of not having enough time to sleep) When I got into high school it got…worse…haha. I was the only one who was up and still watching TV despite tomorrow was a school day. Fortunately, I never got drowsy, even when I was sleep deprived. College…yeah, I got old age pretty fast! I was sleepy, so bad I was caught by my professor sleeping (even though I chose the back row so she couldn’t see me! It was pretty humiliating but nah, I needed that nap!) As working adult, thankfully I worked near home and I got to sleep in afternoon (but I don’t do that anymore). I guess this bad sleeping habit of mine is not easy to break. It took me years to sort of my sleeping habit and thankfully I now go to bed early than I used to!)
Haha, that was so long, my point is I always need to do something to make me fall asleep. I used to watch TV but that made me not…sleepy. But when I took my post graduate studies and found my way to book reading, it became a solid part of my pre-sleep routine to read something! And even though I’m not into books like I used to, I still can’t break my well established routine of reading before sleeping! I read a lot because I don’t have any other hobbies other than it? Watching TV? Not so much! I actually go to bed early, I like the somberness vibes of my bed and it makes reading super comfortable. And since it’s reading, it tires me eyes out therefore it makes easier for me to get sleepy!
Of course, there were times that reading before sleeping hindered me from getting a good night sleep! When I’m absolutely engrossed with what I’m reading I can’t put it down. I’m one those readers that promise herself, “one more chapter, one more chapter” but we all know it will not end in just one chapter! But right now I tend to really force myself to quit reading because I can’t really function properly with less than 8 hours of sleep (I’m not kidding!!) and to make my change in sleeping habit more successful, I quit sleeping in the afternoons! So yeah, gotta be cruel to oneself if you want to stay healthy LOLOL
I don’t think I’ll able to rid of “reading before sleeping” thing! I just love the feeling of the last thing I thought of is the thing I read (which sometimes influences my dream in one way or another ). I just love reading so much that I want to do it before the thing I also LOVE to do, which is sleeping! Yeah, I really sound like a grandma right there, haha, but it’s true y’know!