Best way to read? Laying down? Sitting Up?

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Re: Best way to read? Laying down? Sitting Up?

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I like laying down while reading just before bed, though I spend the most time reading while I commute on the train to work. I suppose I could read anywhere and it would be okay :)

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I read in bed often however I do not prefer it. When I read for long periods of time I am constantly moving. Start laying in bed, switch sides, lay on my stomach, eventually move to a sitting position in bed. So I prefer sitting or on the couch.
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I try to stay sitting up or propped up on my pillows. To many bad experiences with falling asleep reading a hard covered book and getting smacked in the face.
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Post by AlyssaDanielle1 »

For me it is better if i read while sitting up because if i lay down i get sleepy and that makes me not want to read the book so i have to read while I'm sitting up or else ill just be reading the same sentence multiple times.

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For me it is better if i read while sitting up because if i lay down i get sleepy and that makes me not want to read the book so i have to read while I'm sitting up or else ill just be reading the same sentence multiple times.

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I curl up in a comfy chair with my book and a blanket. If I lay down I will fall asleep, and I only read my book standing up if I'm at the library trying to figure out if I'm going to borrow it or not.

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Every which way! In the tub, in the bed, in a chair, in my car on my lunch break.....sigh. I've even read at stop lights when I just couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Sad, huh?

It's no wonder I have strange aches and pains, what with all the contorting I've done over the years :)) But it's always worth it!

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I end up alternating. I will start out sitting up, then I go to laying on my back, before long my arms are sore and I have to lay on my side, then my head hurts so I have to start over. Never just one position. :eusa-naughty:

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I mostly read laying down, but at times when I want to reach a set goal and there's the tendency for me to sleep, I sit up.
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I do not have a preference for either. It depends whether I am using my phone or a book, in which I usually lie down but on my laptop, I have to be seated.

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I like to read sitting up at my desk. I have yet to fall asleep at the desk.

Other than for this website, I usually read paperbacks and hardbacks.

By the way, what is the best way to read while laying down? I guess maybe I could learn from you.
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I lean on my side on the bed. But mostly sitting up.
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My best position for reading is the sitting-down-on-a-chair posture, with eyes focused horizontally on a book propped up on a table where my hands rest comfortably. Any other posture, I found out through experience, gives me a stiff neck, numb arms, or eye strain. Much better if your chair makes you sit on a cushion or soft pillow.
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Post by Dolor »

I had tried all the positions stated. ^_^ I could say, the best way to read is by sitting up properly. This won't work when you're tired. So, lying down takes over. ^_^

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes »

Dolor wrote:I had tried all the positions stated. ^_^ I could say, the best way to read is by sitting up properly. This won't work when you're tired. So, lying down takes over. ^_^
This lying-down position would necessitate holding up your arms to prop the book at eye focus. Your arms would numb after some time.
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I almost always read in a reclined position with a pillow on my back. Although, I will read any chance I get.
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