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How to Stay Awake While Reading Aloud

How to Stay Awake While Reading Aloud - All About Reading

Does read-aloud time find you fighting fatigue? Being a parent is a tiring job, and by the time you sit down for read-aloud time, it’s all too easy to drift off to sleep. These mom-tested tips will help you stay awake while reading aloud.

My Story

My kids love to tell embarrassing stories about how I would fall asleep while reading aloud to them. I just couldn’t stay awake! My head would start to bob, I’d start to repeat sentences, and—most mortifying of all—I even talked in my sleep a few times!

All the late nights washing dishes and early mornings preparing lesson plans caught up with me.

It was inevitable.

I would begin to read and before long my eyelids would get heavy … I’d start feeling sleepy … very sleepy…

and my kids would sneak off to play, giggling softly.

Tips for Staying Awake

Before you inadvertently drift off to dreamland and leave your kids with a half-finished story, try these tips for staying alert during reading time.

Vary Your Location

Your comfy sofa or reading chair might be just a little too comfy, so try reading somewhere else—at the kitchen table, perhaps, or on the front porch. The fresh air and sunshine can help keep you energized, and a slightly less comfortable chair will help keep you awake.

Vary the Time of Day

If your read-aloud time is scheduled for your kids’ bedtime, chances are that you’re already getting sleepy yourself. If possible, change your read-aloud time to earlier in the day—perhaps right after breakfast—when you are still fresh and wide awake.

Distract Yourself

Stay alert by sipping ice water as you read, or engage yourself in the story by developing and using different voices for the characters. Eat some apple slices or plain popcorn. Prepare yourself some hot tea—and take a sip each time you start to feel sleepy.

How to Stay Awake While Reading Aloud

Now back to my story …

Eventually, my struggle with sleepy read-aloud times made me realize that I was fighting fatigue in other areas of my life, too. A simple blood test revealed that I was anemic, and the subsequent iron supplementation helped a lot.

And so did getting to bed a bit earlier!

Do you have a favorite tip for staying awake while reading aloud? Please share, and I’ll add it to the reader’s tip box below!

Stay-Awake Tips Recommended by Our Readers

  • My 13 yr. old daughter likes to read to the younger ones and then I CAN doze on the couch while they read. It’s learning and practice for all of them. (Recommended by Angie via blog comment)
  • You might also want to consider blood sugar. One symptom of high blood sugar is being very sleepy. (Recommended by Kathryn via blog comment)
  • For me, falling asleep while reading to my kids at 9:00 a.m. was a warning sign that something was wrong. I was dealing with food allergies and adrenal fatigue which made me fall asleep 10 to 15 minutes after I sat down anywhere! (Recommended by Christine via blog comment)
  • Bright natural light definitely helps! (Recommended by Rebecca J. via blog comment)
  • I always read aloud RIGHT after breakfast which means three things: 1. My kids are full and happy 2. I’ve had my morning coffee 3. I have a second coffee in my free hand. (Recommended by Shelly via blog comment)
  • Read outside. (Recommended by Rachel A. via blog comment)
  • If I find myself getting tired, I walk around the room while I read. (Recommended by Esther via blog comment)
  • I try to remember to breathe! And breathe deeply. Sometimes we can read long passages and forget to breathe and that can add to our drowsiness. (Recommended by Lin via blog comment)
  • The BEST read-aloud times are when we pile up in the hammock! (Recommended by Melissa H. via blog comment)
  • I have found standing and moving and reading with dramatic expression to be helpful. (Recommended by Hollie via blog comment)
  • I drink ice water. It refreshes and energizes my body. (Recommended by Stephenia B. via blog comment
  • If I’m feeling sleepy or a few times when I wasn’t feeling well, I would start reading, then have an older child take over. (Recommended by Melissa via blog comment)
  • Sometimes, I just need some cold caffeine. Other times, I just need to stand up and shake off my exhaustion. (Recommended by Ann E. via blog comment)
  • I did just teach my five-year-old to elbow her dad when he falls asleep reading! :) (Recommended by Diana via blog comment)

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I ‘peg’ our chapter read aloud to after lunch (now- it is Wind in the Willows) and just read 1 or 2 Golden books before bedtime. There is NO way I could read a chapter of Wind in the Willows at 8 PM!

Laura

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I stand and start walking around and get the kids involved in the story by asking questions.

ChristineG

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This used to be me, but no more. After being a parent for 20 years, having many many little ones in that time, I finally faced the fact that I was going to bed too late. Moving up my own bedtime by an hour made a world of difference. I never fall asleep anymore during reading, morning, afternoon or evening. (Supplementing with Magnesium also made my sleeps much better.) Great post!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Great point, Christine! Sometimes I think we can all use more sleep.

Ali H.

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Thanks for these tips! Great advice and I have learned a few of my own over the years. We try to do character voices or accents. :)

Diana

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I get more sleep now that most of my kids are older and hardly ever fall asleep reading aloud. However, I did just teach my five-year-old to elbow her dad when he falls asleep reading!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Diana,
This gave me a huge smile!

Stacy

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Great ideas!

Brooke

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Thanks for all the great ideas!

Cheryl Escutia

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Thank you so much for this article! It is good to know that I am not the only one who gets sleepy while listening to my children read!

Melissa Hamilton

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Yes! This just happened to me yesterday! Mid-afternoon is just not a good time for me. It is a great time for my kiddos to take a break and do something quite, but unfortunately, read-a-loud time won’t be filling that time slot. Some of our best read-a-loud times are outside in the backyard. The kids quietly drive around toy tractors, or dig in the sand while I read. I am always amazed at how much of the story they pick up. The BEST read-a-loud times are when we pile up in the hammock!

Merry at AALP

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Oooh, the hammock sounds so cozy! Love these summer days. Enjoy reading outside!

Hollie

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Thank you! I thought I was the only goofy mom ever to have this issue! I have found standing and moving and reading with dramatic expression to be helpful.

Christina

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I loved this! Thanks!

Shelly Moorhouse

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haha! This is so me! I need to use some of these tips!

Jessica

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I have a hard time with this before nap time sometimes. :)

Merry at AALP

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Understandable! (When my kids started outgrowing naps, I let them play quietly for a rest time–but they would say they didn’t need it, and I’d say, Mommy does!)

Amy Jo

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I could totally relate to this article! While I love to read to my kids I usually don’t realize how tired I am until I sit down to read or let them read to me. Reading outside (when weather permits) is always helpful to me.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Amy Jo,
Reading outside is great! I always feel very Miss Stacy like (the great teacher from Anne of Green Gables) when I read aloud outside.

Lindsay

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Take a deep breath in through your nose…no joke…works every time! I share this with my sleepy students all the time!

Merry

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Interesting tip, I’ll have to try that with my kids too!

Rachel Kokes

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I don’t know that I would fall asleep-I think I am even more into the story than they are! :)

Merry at AALP

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LOL, sometimes that’s me too, Rachel! (I’m reading an Agatha Christie mystery to my teens & sometimes they are out & we don’t read–and I want to know what happens next!)

Brittany

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Haha I have so done this! Great tips though!

Ann E

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Sometimes, I just need some cold caffeine. Other times, I just need to stand up and shake off my exhaustion because reading to the kids is so relaxing that those late nights/early mornings with the kids catch up with me.
Thanks for the extra tips!

Eleasha Tate

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good tips

Lindsay

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I love the tips! We enjoy reading in different tones (grandma voice, baby voice, etc). I catch my kids doing it too😀

Merry at AALP

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I love it when kids learn to read in voices!

Chana

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My 3 yr old told his friends the other day, “sometimes my mommy needs a drink.” He meant, I need to get a cup of coffee while I’m reading to him so I don’t fall asleep! Thanks for the great tips!

Chana,
Oh, my! I got a good chuckle out this one. Yeah, this mommy needs a drink (of coffee) every morning. :D

Somer

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I literally laughed when I read the title of this article. ;) this is me every night as I try and read bedtime stories to my kids. I wake up 4 hours later curled up beside them in their beds with the book still open. Ha!
Great suggestions on how to (hopefully) read their favorites without putting myself to sleep as well!

Regina

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Thank you for the suggestions and the comments of what works from others in the additional posts. I had almost given up on reading a couple of books due to the stories simply relaxing me so much that I would simply nod off. I can only imagine what my daughter must of thought the few times this has happened. I will implement these suggestions and see what works the best for us. Thanks again

Leah

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The couch and a comfy chair are my culprits. So I do story time with the kids while we all sit in a circle on the living room floor. I miss the comfy factor of reading on the couch, but my kids appreciate actually finishing a good story. Funny voices and characters are a big plus because it also helps me to get excited about the story too instead of just reading in a boring monotone voice. Enjoy your a cup of coffee or tea and HAPPY READING!

Ellie

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Actually, I don’t give in to the nap when we do afternoon read aloud. When I start to nod, I have my kids set the timer for 5 minutes, they scoot to the bathroom, get a drink, etc. When the timer goes off, I pop back up, they come back to the couch, and we are ready to go again! it is AMAZING what a 5 minute power nap can do!

Julie

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Thank you for the suggestions!

Stacy Gray

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I have always struggled with the bedtime reading, so we ended up making a routine where I read at different times throughout the day, and Daddy does the bedtime stories. I’ve noticed the boys are more interested in books now too (since anything Daddy does is obviously cool!)

Stacy,
I never could get into bedtime reading. When my kids were little, we did naptime reading, and as they outgrew naps it just naturally become after lunch read aloud time. The time of day doesn’t matter. The reading does. :D
Thank you for sharing.

Kate

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I turn to books I’m interested in, reading earlier in the day, sipping my coffee, and audio books when I’m done in.

Danielle Ford

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Great Tips!!!

Kerri

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What great tips! I will have use some of these!

Mary

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Pick a book series that will also entertain you when reading at night. We’ve loved going through Laura Wilder series and Narnia and ones that my daughter couldn’t read on her own but are so rich that we all can look forward to what’s next when reading at night before bed. I keep the easier more kid books that we read over and over for during the day. :)

Merry at AALP

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Yes, great tip! If I’m engaged, I’m much more likely to stay alert. I’m reading an Agatha Christie mystery to my teens right now, and it’s all I can do not to read ahead!

I think this used to happen when I didn’t do voices, and it was because I wasn’t breathing deeply enough. The skill of reading aloud took practice for me. Years of read alouds seemed to have cured the need to yawn during reading.

Catherine

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I used to do read-aloud time first thing in the morning with our homeschool. Coffee and read aloud time. But I’d still nod off. Coffee, knitting (I can knit while reading; I learned how when I was about 12, and knitting does keep me awake) and reading time. I’d still nod off. But then my kids blamed the pauses on counting my stitches, so I guess that was a win.

I never tried the silly voices. That would have added a certain je ne sais quoi to Homer’s Iliad and St Augustine’s City of God. I bet there are passages in Dante’s Comedia Divina that would benefit, though.

Melissa S.

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I often get sleepy when I read aloud too – I just can’t seem to stop yawning! I finally figured out the same thing someone else suggested – I needed to breathe more deeply! Once I remember that the yawns usually subside.

Dawn

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My boys and I always read together at bed time. Sometimes I ask my 10 yr old to read to us. My 5 yr old has a really hard time sitting still so I will often ask him to pick a book and we will get out flashlights to sit in the dark. Kind of like sitting by a camp fire. If we are exhausted, short books are a must.

Merry at AALP

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My kids always loved flashlights too, creative solution!

Meagan

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I love reading aloud to my children. Tips on how to get wild little boys to sit still and be quiet while I read would be extremely helpful :)

Merry at AALP

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A few ideas:

First, make sure they’ve had run-around time first so they have run off some energy.
Read while they have something to do with their hands and see if that helps (mine used to use those squeeze balls, or sometimes color a related picture). I used to read some of our school reading while they ate lunch–captive audience!
At bedtime, we did a last run-around, and then baths to relax, and then stories. Stories only lasted if they were quiet. If not, then bedtime came sooner.
Start with short, highly engaging stories and gradually work up to longer times. Show the pictures and ask questions occasionally to keep them engaged.

If you’re on facebook, you might write in your question on our page for responses from more people.

On a related note, you might like Jenny’s blog article on teaching active kids: http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/real-moms-jenny-herman/

Kristin

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I like to read aloud while I’m sorting laundry, making lunch, putting away clutter, etc. We also do lots of reading snuggled on the couch, but I like to read while doing chores as well.

Heather

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I was so excited to see this post…I thought I was the only one who had this issue. I like the idea of holding a mug of hot tea while reading. Thanks for a great post :)

Lissa S

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Tip for not falling asleep while reading: Never sit on a comfy couch or in any comfy position. I kneel on the floor by the bed and all the children gather around and on the bed to see the pictures. Its hard to sleep when you are kneeling.

Merry at AALP

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Sounds like a fun slumber-party! Kneeling is a good idea, Lissa.

Lisa Fetty

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I suggest some strong tea and a brightly lit area LOL.

Dawn

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Act out your story as you or and child reads it

Sarah Hull

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I love the tips! I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who gets sleepy when reading. I feel so bad about it! I will look into supplementing with some iron- I have dealt with some mild anemia in the past. I also enjoy an afternoon cup of coffee. It’s a nice ritual for me and the caffeine is definitely a plus! ;)

Maya

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Reading aloud got much easier once we were past the stage of baby books that have one word per page. Being able to read an actual story vs. just naming objects on a page made things much easier to stay engaged. My trick to keeping my own interest, while reading aloud, is to be interactive. I ask my kids to point out something on the illustration, or a questions related to the story. Sometimes I have to answer the questions, too. That keeps everybody entertained and helps with reading comprehension.

Merry at AALP

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Yes, love the tip about being interactive, great idea!

Brandi

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We take turns guessing what will happen next when I find myself nodding off. It keeps us all engaged until we reach the stopping point.

Merry at AALP

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Hi Brandi,

Yes, I find that this is a good way to help kids keep tracking with a story too, if they are starting to get a bit confused or distracted.

Kim

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I read with my daughters first thing in the morning. This helps us wake up.

Alicia

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Great tips. I only have trouble if it is mid-afternoon.

Rebecca

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Thank you for sharing and for doing a draw. My fingers are crossed.

Linda Arnold

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The afternoon is killer for me. I get soooo sleepy and can hardly get off the couch when we are done. I try to time it so I can just lie down for a nap right after. It is very soothing and relaxing and we do enjoy that time together even if we (ummm, I) end up almost asleep at the end.

Tanya

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Thanks, these are helpful!

Daniel

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I’m not a reader so it’s easy to fall asleep…but my kids are good at waking me up.

Stephanie

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If the book has little to no pictures, I will stand up or walk around/pace while reading. It is really hard to nod off while in motion.

Tina

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I really struggle with this and was trying to think of what I could do differently so I wouldn’t fall asleep. I love to have the kids sit close to me when we read, but it’s so comfortable and easy to get sleepy! I’ll definitely be trying some of these tips. Also, I have used AAS with my son and love it. Thank you for putting together such a great resource!

Merry at AALP

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I’m so glad you are enjoying AAS!

Enjoy those snuggles with your kids :-).

Julie

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This is one of my greatest challenges to reading more with my kids. It was especially hard when my twins were infants. I basically stopped reading to the older two for awhile because I was just two tired.

Jill Morris

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My kid’s grandmother is always falling asleep while reading to them, I just had to send this post to her! She loved the ideas and is going to try them out.

Merry at AALP

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Aww, I love that their grandma reads to them too! So sweet. I hope the ideas help!

gadgetcc

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It might seem like a cop-out but I wake up at five, well before the rest of the family, and I never made it through a bed time story since my family would go to sleep at 9:30 at night. My husband took over the book reading duties while I snored away next to them. It worked out since both my husband and my daughter are night people and they both can practically stay up all night.

gadgetcc

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By the way, I too suffer from anemia but my doctor told me to only take medicine when I need it. I just wish I knew before I needed it. I don’t usually realize it is affecting me until total fatigue sets in and my day is shot. It sounds like you have a great doctor. I am glad. I didn’t even find that I was anemic until I donated blood once and they told me my blood iron was to low to donate yet still; my doctors don’t bother with it. It makes me wonder how many people out there suffer from this without knowing it.

Merry at AALP

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Not a cop-out at all, I think it’s great for Dad to read! What a wonderful bonding time for dad and daughter.

Seems like vague, not very helpful advice from your doctor! Might be worth discussing how it’s working out the next time you have a checkup.

Stephanie Olmsted

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I have a little one running around so that is what keeps me awake. I keep an eye on her while we read.

Goodness I need to check my health. I’m so tired all the time!

Lydia Hostetler

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Oh my.. This post was so me! I cannot stay awake while reading to my son. Unless it is a short short story with him doing the fill in blanks, or we are looking for something, ie a hidden object..

DAWN THOMAS

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I do not have a problem with staying awake as much as I do with my children interrupting me! But, these are great ideas. Thanks for post

Merry at AALP

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LOL, yes, I’ve had that happen too! On the one hand, I wanted them to ask questions, but on the other hand, if they just listened, many of their questions would be answered! I do remember a few times saying “No more questions until I finish this page” or “this chapter,” or “Okay, let’s listen now. You can tell me your story at the end.”

Jennifer Fischer

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As long as I’m sitting on the floor with the kids I can stay awake.

Rebecca

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Reading outside or with healthy snacks in hand to boost our energy helps. :)

Merry at AALP

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Good idea! My teens are usually the ones with the snacks–I think my oldest is still growing!

debbie

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Read interesting books and don’t read when your too tired. Make it a priority it is more important than a lot of other things we spend time doing.

Amie

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We love reading by the fireplace…it’s so cozy!!

Kendra

says:

Great post! Thanks for the ideas.

I can relate to this :)

I love the idea of reading outside. Thanks for the tips!

Diana

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Even if it is an engaging story, if I’m tired, I fall asleep. We read a couple of times every day (AM and PM at varied hours, depending on the day’s schedule). We also do voices and other distractors. We’ve even had our stuffed animals read to us! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has fallen asleep reading.

Merry at AALP

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Cute to have your stuffed animals read to you! I like to do voices too, or to speak more softly and slowly during an especially intense time so that they have to lean in and really pay attention!

Lin Webster

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I try to remember to breathe! And breathe deeply. Sometimes we can read long passages and forget to breathe and that can add to our drowsiness.

Marie Rippel

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Thanks for your tip, Lin! I’ve added it to our Readers’ Tip box in the post (while breathing deeply!).

S Del Cristo

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I find that the best time read and avoid me falling asleep is during the early afternoons or even mornings. If I happen to do it at night…I do it in an area where we all get involved. Not in bed because then we’ll all fall asleep.

Wendy Thelen

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I try to keep bed time stories short so I don’t fall asleep. We read longer books during the day!

Leah

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Sometimes I stand and pace. It worked especially well when my littlest was an infant. Now, he’s mobile and it is easier to stay awake and keep tabs on him if I am up and mobile myself ;-)

Merry at AALP

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Standing and walking seem to be very popular! I don’t think I could keep my place–you all must be very talented!

Karrie

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I’ve been known to “read-a-page, skip-a-page” until each was old enough to catch me. ; )

Merry at AALP

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Ha! My grandma used to tell stories about teasing my dad–he would memorize whole books and she would try to skip parts or mix them up. Apparently it got quite a rise out of him!

Sharon

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When I went in for my routine eye exam, I was told my prescription had slightly changed. Once I got my new glasses I was absolutely amazed at the change in how I felt, especially when sitting down to read with my little ones! I hadn’t been able to make it very long through a reading session, and would immediately need a nap afterwards, but once I had the new glasses, the extreme exhaustion was gone.

Merry at AALP

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Yes, isn’t it amazing the difference a new pair of glasses can make? I wear progressives, but if I’m going to read for a long time, I prefer to use regular reading glasses as it’s easier to change position and still see the words!

Esther

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If I find myself getting tired, I walk around the room while I read. Keeps me awake and fitter!

Charlene

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So I’m not alone, lol! I like to do read alouds first thing in the morning to get our day started, while my husband will do them at bed time to slow things down.

Noelle

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Love this article!! Thank you – it’s so nice to know your not alone =) I get up at 5 to get Bible study and work done so after breakfast when the baby is napping we sit down to read and some days I get really sleepy! When I start slurring my words I know it’s time to move (maybe do a gonoodle.com), get a snack or glass of ice water.

Patty

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I stand up and walk around while reading sometimes. That really helps!
I have even fallen asleep while praying aloud with my boys, proceeding to pray for neighbors and the pets they don’t have. So glad to know I am not alone.

Melissa

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I suggest team reading. If I’m feeling sleepy or a few times when I wasn’t feeling well, I would start reading, then have an older child take over. It gives everyone a change of pace. It also gives the older child practice in elocution :)

Blessings,
Melissa

Merry at AALP

says:

Great idea! We often did this for morning devotions.

Angie

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I always struggled not to fall asleep with the afternoon reading time. It’s so nice to have older kids now. My 13 yr. old daughter likes to read to the younger ones and then I CAN doze on the couch while they read. It’s learning and practice for all of them.

Marie Rippel

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That’s a great idea, Angie! I added it to the Readers’ Tips box at the bottom of the post!

Kristina

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Oh, I thought I was one of the few that had this problem! It is so weird because I read chapters at bedtime but in the afternoon, forget it. This year I thought I would try reading earlier in the day. the good thing is that my sons have some good memories.

Kathryn

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You might also want to consider Blood Sugar. One symptom of a high bloodsugar that is too high is
being very sleepy.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Good point, Kathryn! Hypoglycemia can cause those drops in blood sugar that result in sleepiness. I added your tip to the box in the article!

Cathy Harms

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I used some of your tips last night–ice water and reading the story in different voices. Last night, I read Star Wars in my Yoda voice. We ended up laughing so much at my Yoda impression that I never had s chance to doze off.

Julie

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So thankful to know I’m not alone! This can be quite comical when I drift off! Changing our reading time to first thing after breakfast helped. After lunch was NOT a great time! :-)

Never plan your reading aloud time for after lunch…that’s a sure way to set yourself up for a snooze!

Christine Wielinga

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For me, falling asleep while reading to my kids at 9:00 AM was a warning sign that something was wrong. I was dealing with food allergies and adrenal fatigue which made me fall asleep 10-15 minutes after I sat down anywhere! If you’re tired enough to fall asleep while reading to your kids, investigate why because there probably it a very good reason for it, And don’t give up this special time with your kids because of it, it is so worth every minute!

Marie Rippel

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This is a good reminder to pay attention to our bodies! Thanks, Christine! (I added your tip to the Readers’ Tip box in the post.)

Robin Y

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So glad to know I’m not alone in this :)

Eileen

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I have been known to read something that isn’t there when I begin to drift off. My daughter loves to tell of the time I “read” a line about walking a dog — and there was no dog in the story! Sometimes I just have to call it like it is, and tell the kids I need to stop reading because I simply can’t stay awake. We all treasure read aloud time; it has nothing to do with the quality of the story, our interest in what’s happening, or my desire to keep going. I’m just too darn tired, is all. The best suggestions here seem to me to be the ones that say to pick a time of day when you’re not typically sleepy. My problem is that that’s also the best time to buckle down for lessons! (Yes, I’ve been known to get sleepy in the middle of math, or while waiting for my turn in a board game, too!) Just trying to fit too much into a day, I guess!

Marie Rippel

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That’s a funny story about sleep-talking! And I’ve had that dozing-off experience during board games, too!

Stephenia Bowman

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I drink ice water. It refreshes and energizes my body. I have a tendency to forget to drink water and I begin to get dehydrated which makes me very tired and sleepy. If I drink ice water before and during the read-aloud, I stay wide awake.

Karah Testi

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Great article! I thought I was the only one that did this. A snack or cup of tea in hand always helps. I also like everyone else’s suggestions.

Carolyn

says:

This is so funny! I thought my husband was the only one with this issue! I’ve fallen asleep reading silently, but never out loud. ;)

Nicole

says:

Love these ideas. I try to make sure I’m not to comfy.

Sheila

says:

All great ideas I will have to keep in mind!!

Jen

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I like to read the story in a funny voice, or if it is a story we have read a few times, I change a word to see if my kids notice and fix it. Sometimes it is a name of a character or just a word that repeats or doesn’t match the picture. It’s hard to fall asleep when you are trying to stay on your toes and remember the word you changed!

Beth

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Great ideas. The mid-afternoon time is tough for all of us, so we try to do it during lunch.

Amanda P

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We try to choose books that keep us engaged. :)

Melanie

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Great suggestions. Getting too comfy is definitely one of my problems. I had been reading @ lunch and never got sleepy – need to get back into that routine. Thanks for the post and for the other suggestions from the readers!

Stephanie Hobbs

says:

These are great suggestions for all readers and studiers.

Corissa

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We love your programs!!

Marie Rippel

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Thanks, Corissa! :)

April Garcia

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Good ideas…I need to do some of these when my children are reading to me after lunch, that is when I fall asleep.

Hollye L

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These are great tips!

sherry

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Could really use this.

Jesse Wallace

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Seems like a really good curriculum for kids with dyslexia. Thinking of trying it.

krista byrge

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What about tips to stay awake while your eldest is reading? As I shake my head in shame.

Marie Rippel

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Hi Krista! That would be a problem! Ha! Maybe some of the tips that other readers have contributed will help with that, too! Check out the tips box at the bottom of the post. :)

Kerrie

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Love these tips! Thank you.

Rebecca Johnson

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I’m usually okay as long as I’m not sitting in bed. Bright natural light definitely helps!

Karen from CO

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I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who struggles with this! I agree that choosing an interesting read aloud keeps me awake! Using different voices for the different characters keeps me on my toes, also!

Shelly

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I always read aloud RIGHT after breakfast which means three things: 1. my kids are full and happy 2. I’ve had my morning coffee 3. I have a second coffee in my free hand
I never have problems staying awake anymore!!
Plus we’ve been reading such great books, I would probably keep reading them even if my 4 littles weren’t even listening:)))
Blessings,
Shelly Hunter
PS. I would LOVE to win AAR level 4, woot woot!

Monica

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Choose great books that you will be interested in too. A good story will refresh and energize you.

Elizabeth

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I have been known to read incorrect words on the page when almost asleep. Then my son will ask me why I read that word, then proceeds to correct me.

Marie Rippel

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It’s nice to know that your son is hanging on your every word though, isn’t it? :)

Cherie

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I like to sit in a camping chair near their bedroom door while I read. That way, they have to be still and quiet in order to hear me…and they drift off to sleep gently with images of what we have read. Great article!

Marie Rippel

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I’m a fan of your bedtime reading tactics, Cherie! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie

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I have this problem too… but I just give in and take a nap!

Sheila

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Sometimes when I am really tired, I find myself “reading” words that are not on the page! That can be really silly! Anyone else have this happen to them? My son usually questions me and then we have a good laugh – that gets the oxygen flowing and helps me to wake up again :)

Mabel

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My son calls our reading aloud time our date time 📚

Marie Rippel

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Aw, that’s super sweet! :)

Chenell

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My kids still take afternoon naps so I like reading to them to help them wind down. I stay awake because I know in just a few minutes I will get about an hour all to myself to do whatever I want! 😄

katie kananen

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I love all of the components in All about reading!

Michelle

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Don’t lay down, haha. That’s a good start.

Tara

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I always get sleepy during read alouds! Reading before lunch is usually my best bet, but sometimes I just have to take a break in the middle and walk around a bit. Other times I will hand the book over to one of my kids to read aloud for awhile (assuming it’s not too hard).

Heidi

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This article was a great read because I often find myself surrounded by books to read to my kids. Great pointers. Thanks

Marie Rippel

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You’re welcome, Heidi!

Rachel Allen

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Read outside. But be careful not to read lying down on a hammock!

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