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!


  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. :)

  2. sleep apnea or narcolepsy

  3. 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.


  4. 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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