When Reading Eats Away at Your Sleep


securedownloadPeople like me used to be called bookworms, beetle larvae that eat paper and glue. In the age of eReaders, we’re more like PacMen. Either way, I admit that I am addicted to reading. Here’s how I know:

I was reading Empty Mansions, the story of heiress Hugette Clark, and before I fell asleep, I finished it. I quickly scanned my Kindle “home” page and realized that I didn’t have another book in queue. It was nearly 1 a.m. Most people would have put down the Kindle or book and called it a night. Not me. I needed another book. I didn’t have one in mind, so I decided to peruse the online bookstore to find my next read – an Anna Quindlen book, Still Life with Bread Crumbs. The Pulitzer Prize winning The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt also caught my eye; I ordered that, too. Which one to read first? Anna Quindlen won. It beckoned me like an unopened present. One tap, and I was hooked. I kept reading until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any more.

I can’t remember how many years I have owned a Kindle, but the one I have now is my second. I thought I would miss the feel and smell of books; I don’t. I easily made the transition from turning paper pages to tapping a screen. I love the convenience, especially when I travel. It’s like carrying my bookshelf and a bookstore in my purse. The whole amazing concept didn’t hit me until I woke up that particular morning and confessed to my husband the real reason I didn’t get enough sleep.

As I replayed it in my head, it sounded like a dream: I went to the bookstore, looked over books that were recommended to me based on my reading history, read the reviews and made my purchases – in my pajamas, lying in bed next to my sleeping spouse.

As far as addiction goes, reading is a good one, except when it eats away at my sleep. Sometimes I wish someone would save me from myself, especially at 1 a.m., and with the timbre of authority shout, “Lights out!”


One thought on “When Reading Eats Away at Your Sleep

  1. Linda Ferris

    I agree with the convenience of e-readers. I like the Kindle App on my iPad. I have many of my new cookbooks and games on it also. It is sometimes difficult to put it down and go to sleep.


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