Trying to read while lying down or reclined will, understandably, make you feel sleepier. Particularly if you are in a warm space or covered by a warm blanket. Try reading primarily while sitting up.
When you start to feel tired, take short breaks to wake yourself up again. Drink a cold beverage, walk around for a bit, do some chores.
Get More/Better Sleep
If you get sleepy normally, not just while reading, there might be something wrong with your sleep patterns/habits. There are a number of causes for this, ranging from stress to letting pets sleep with you. There are also more than a few fixes, such as simply going to bed earlier or turning the thermostat down at night. Try different things and see what works for you.
For some people, listening to an audiobook might make them fall asleep even faster, but for others, it might be the solution to their reading woes. You can listen while doing your daily exercise or chores – doing something while listening will make it harder to fall asleep.
Drop Unsatisfactory Books/Series
This can be hard for some of us (me included), but if a book just isn’t grabbing your attention, seriously consider putting it down and moving on to something else you’re excited to read.
Read During A Period Of The Day When You’re Most Awake
For most of us, this would be the late morning or early afternoon. Don’t wait until bedtime. Reading before bed can not only make it more likely you’ll get sleepy, but might actually make it harder for you to get to sleep too.
Caffeine might work for some people but generally it’s not the best answer to this problem, because it increases your heart rate and keeps you awake without really engaging your brain.
So there are our suggestions. Agree? Disagree? Have other techniques that work for you? Start a conversation in the comments!