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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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