read (oneself) to sleep

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read (oneself) to sleep

To read until one falls asleep or feels ready to fall asleep. I have to read myself to sleep each night, or else I end up tossing and turning for hours. Dad read himself to sleep in the armchair again.
See also: read, sleep

read oneself to sleep

to read something in preparation for falling asleep. I need a really dull book so I can read myself to sleep. That's the kind of book I use to read myself to sleep.
See also: read, sleep
References in classic literature ?
The man's novel, with which he had read himself to sleep was lying upon the bed, and his pipe was on a chair beside him.
And by the lamplight in the evenings, he also read himself to sleep perusing history books about how Alabama was overrun by white carpetbaggers and their Negro minions during the Reconstruction era-and about why the state's segregation laws were so necessary to preserve order.