My Flawless Quick to Sleep Routine

No promises it will work for you

February 18, 2016

There have been more than a few articles about how screen time before bed time disrupts your sleep time. I’ve read many of them.

Determined to not have my precious sleep time disrupted, we got a Kindle Paperwhite a year or two ago. The technical terms fail me here, but the type of lighting on a Paperwhite isn’t the same as the blue light or back light or whatever that messes with the sleepy brain. So I’m told.

It seems to be working for me, but not the way it is described.

Most nights I settle in bed with both iPad Mini and Kindle Paperwhite at hand. The iPad Mini is close by most of the day, while the Paperwhite is put to use by the family throughout the day, and I stake my claim to it when I head to bed.

There will usually be a final review on the iPad Mini of the timely kinds of things that seem important. Tomorrow’s weather, an instapaper article, a final check to see if Peyton Manning has scheduled a press conference. This time lasts anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes.

Then I’ll plug it in for an overnight charge and snag the Paperwhite. I shift from propped up to laying on my side with the Paperwhite nestled in reach and line of sight. I read fiction at bedtime, so that’s where I turn.

Just about every night, without fail, I don’t make it more than two pages. Many nights, I don’t make it through one page. Some nights, I read the same page I’d read the night before. And the night before that. I’m out and I’m out fast.

My Paperwhite is Pavlovian.

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