Sunday, November 01, 2015

Sleep and reading

I believe that I've commented here in my blog about my sleep related problems. Sleep in my life is sort of strange. For example, as I got into my senior years, I had difficulty falling and staying asleep at nite.

However, I do fall asleep easily at inappropriate times. For example, if somebody is talking and has a monotone voice. Off I go! People who observe me fall asleep like this make jokes about. Right in front of me too. Doesn't bother me though.

I am not able to get thru reading a book because of the sleep problem. That's why I don't read books hardly at all. However, recently I learned that I am able to get thru an Audio Book without falling asleep. This is a marvelous thing for me!

Right now I am in the middle of the Audio Book, "The Catcher in the Rye". A very famous book by J.D. Salinger. Have you heard of this book?

The title is weird. Hard to understand. That title may have come from a line in the Robert Burns poem, "Comin thro the Rye." The protagonist in this book, Holden Caulfield, pictures himself being a person who catches children in a field of rye in order to catch them before they fall over a cliff. This is a way for Holden to justify his goddamn crummy existence, as he would put it.

Anyway, I am well into this book and have not fallen asleep even once!

6 comments:

  1. I've always been able to fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow, until the last couple of years. Now I sometimes lay awake for a long time. I listen to the radio, though, a talk show, so at least it's not boring. As far as audio books go, I download them from my library all the time and have listened to many, many books that way for FREE. I always have one on when I'm playing a computer game, cooking, cleaning, etc. Any mindless activity. :)

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  2. Have you been checked for sleep apnea?

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  3. sleep apnea or narcolepsy

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  4. Yes, I've been checked over at Kaiser at their sleep lab. Conclusion: I have developed bad sleep habits.

    I've attended Kaiser's sleep classes and note some improvement.

    George

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  5. Hi George I am glad your able to stay awake in your books on audio my husband does those too anyways I have not commented in a long while but I do check in on you often LaDawn

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