I've read a novel every night of my life, when possible. Not the whole book in one night, but enough to enter into another world, leave my own troubles or hum-drum behind.
Sometimes during the day, if I am particularly glad to be alive after something... I'll indulge in reading fiction in the daytime. Sitting comfortably in an arm chair with my feet up.
When I started writing a novel. I stopped reading. I also stopped listening to the news in the morning, which is how I used to wake up.
I wanted to tune into my own mind, my own stories and my own subconscious without too much interference from other voices.
And I think its a good idea, when you're writing creatively.