Reading and Other Activities Eliciting Fatigue

Jones, Dan

Students who read/study and people in professions with high rates of reading activity must manage their reading time effectively. In the present preliminary diary-based case study I explored the possibility that reading is more likely to lead to drowsiness/fatigue/sleep than passive viewing activities. Activities that elicited fatigue and sleep were self-monitored and coded. Results indicated that the elicitation of fatigue and sleep was prevalent during prolonged Reading half of the time compared to Display-Screen Watching, and No Activity. I suggest in my discussion, that long stretches of reading, reviewing, or studying may require scheduling and/or separated intervals. Advantages and limitations of my research approach are also discussed.