Time It Right
Control the Environment
Go Beyond Reading
Break It Up
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So I’m diagnosed ADHD. I’m an adult male entering my late 20s. I was not diagnosed until I was 20. Falling asleep while reading has continued to be one of my biggest educational obstacles. It is almost as if I’m incapable of reading without falling asleep, unless there is some sort of deadline that forces me to stay engaged because of consequence/trouble. With that said I find that not only reading, but anything that forces me to sit quietly by myself, regardless of sleep habits, well lull me into sleep. I have have gotten up from my desk at work to read a technical book…fall asleep in the breakroom. As a child reading would put me to sleep no matter what. I have tried all kinds of fiction and non-fiction, but no matter what, after at least one chapter I’m dozing off.
Now reading out loud changes the game for me a bit. Hearing myself read forces, my mind to engage and I am less likely of passing out with book in hand. I avidly read business and news articles without fail. My determination so far is that when it comes to fiction my imagination is “over-active” to the point I will get two pages into a chapter before my mind begins to wander and next thing I know I’m passed out.
To deal with this I have switched to audiobooks. I find listening to be the opposite effect in my case.
TLDR; Try audiobooks.