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Can you fall asleep whilst doing something else?

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As in watching TV, reading, listening to something etc. Lately I've been listening to a lot of guided meditations on youtube to help me sleep/calm my anxiety (this channel's pretty good) and they help me fall asleep a lot quicker. I keep reading comments of people saying they've fallen asleep half way through the recordings. I honestly cannot do that.

 

Most people I know can fall asleep reading, watching TV etc. I've never been able to that, not even as a kid. It doesn't matter how tired I am at all.

 

I suppose it's good in a sense as I know I will never fall asleep driving or whatever.

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I have real problems sleeping in general, any form of activity keeps me awake, oddly enough though, I have fallen to sleep in the shower several times :P

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I was in this one really boring lecture once. The rule was, if you're falling asleep, you have to take notes. So, I started taking notes.

 

About an hour later I woke up, and my notebook was filled with notes. I must say, my handwriting while I'm asleep is actually better than my handwriting while I'm awake...

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I occasionally fall asleep whenever I'm doing something. Luckily, I haven't fallen asleep in working with food or machinery.

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Yeah I have fallen asleep whilst making a pizza in 2nd period class. It was flipping amazing

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I sometimes fall asleep while texting/messaging people... does that count?

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usually, i cant fall asleep unless im doing something else, like watching a movie, surfing the web, playing a game, etc. i usually am on my phone web surfing or reading till i fall asleep. 

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I fall asleep while doing something else constantly. Mostly when I am watching something on YouTube or listening to music.

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I fall asleep riding on the subway all the time. Never been mugged!....yet.

 

My wife needs to TV to fall asleep, and I can't fall asleep with it playing. 

 

I fell asleep while driving once...just a nod off for half a second, and THAT was one of the most terrifying moments of my life. 

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I can easily fall asleep watching TV simply because watching TV in my room properly and comfortably requires me to be in my bed. Yet at the same time, sometimes I can't sleep without my TV on.

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When I used to watch TV A bunch when I was younger, I used to go on marathons, watching TV then I would eventually fall asleep while doing so. So then I would take a nap for about an hour. I also sometimes fell asleep while playing some games, but that doesn't seem to happen now. 

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Though I often have trouble getting to sleep when I want to, I have nodded off while watching TV, and I've just about dropped a book out of my hands while reading.  My cousin repeatedly fell asleep with a Gamecube controller in his hands while playing Phantasy Star.  My aunt once fell asleep sitting in front of an open fridge with a bowl of mashed potatoes in her lap; one of the more amusing things she's done while intoxicated.

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Me being a hardcore gamer, I've fallen asleep while gaming on many occasions

 

My most recent occasion was passing out while turning gravel into flint in minecraft

 

Another time I fell asleep while farming money in fable 3's multiplayer

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I actually like to listen to my own beating heart, to fall asleep. :blush:

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I actually like to listen to my own beating heart, to fall asleep. :blush:

Me too!

 

It just gets me to a place of calm and peace it's a wonderful thing x3

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Normally not, but it can be happen that I fall asleep when I watch TV and lie in my bed. But I must be really tired or ill so that this can be happen.

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I've only done it one when I was 11. I was watch an auction on tv. It makes sense why I fell asleep.  :D

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Depends on how tired I am or if I'm even able to fall asleep. If I'm uber tired I could be in the middle of something, say a game or reading a book or viewing a show/movie, and suddenly without warning; *DING-DING*! Cracked over the back of the head and rendered out cold and appearently in a coma. 

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If I am tired enough, yes. I can fall asleep doing anything. :x

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Yep, but the action needs to be something that involves inactivity. For instance, watching TV or a live stream. Sometimes I just kind of drift from an active state to an inactive one when I'm tired enough and just sort of fade for a power nap. I know when this is happening though, so I make sure to get to safety before I konk out.

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(edited)

Hmm, I can fall asleep while listening to a podcast or an audio book. (Welcome to Night Vale is particularly calming for me) But I can't if I have to look at something like a TV or a computer screen. I also can't fall asleep with music.

Edited by PerplexedPancake

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