Nope, bedtime stories are not just for kids. Experts are actually recommending people to read before dozing off as a part of a solid bedtime routine as it has proven to be quite beneficial for your sleep.
This shouldn’t be surprising, really, as there are tons of reasons why reading is good for you. And if it is good for you in general, it shouldn’t be bad for your zzz’s right?
But what exactly makes it an excellent addition to a foolproof bedtime routine? Here are the top five reasons.
Reading is (Largely) Relaxing
Reading can be very relaxing. For one, it lets you sit or lie down quietly without requiring you to do anything than absorb what’s written on the page. You don’t have to bother thinking about what to do or how to do whatever’s asked of you, so you can just chill with a book.
Then, there’s also the fact that it can effectively take your mind off things. If you’re worried about something, being immersed in a completely different world inside a book will help your mind calm down and unwind.
And because sleep doesn’t come easy to those who are stressed, being able to unwind easily is something you should aim to achieve. According to some studies, reading can help you calm down within six minutes. So if that doesn’t promise you a nice way to help you doze off, you’ll be hardpressed to find anything else that can do better.
Reading can be a Calming Part of Your Bedtime Routine
We know that we’ve said it about a million times before, but it really bears repeating that a bed time routine can really help you sleep easier and even better. As the brain works by associating things to one another, anything that you keep doing before hitting the hay can clue in your brain that it’s about time for bed.
The best bedtime routine should have a series of relaxing tasks to help you better ready yourself for sleep. Reading is certainly a perfect addition to this list, as the first point would tell you.
Reading can Keep You Away from Screens
The blue light in your smartphone, tablet, TV, and computer screens tell your brain that it’s daytime, so if you’re glued into them before bed, you might have a hard time falling asleep. Reading, on the other hand, can keep you away from these screens before you catch some shuteye. This is particularly true if you read a print copy or if your e-reader is not backlit with some blue light.
Books can Give You Something to Dream About
Want something nice to dream about? Read an equally nice book. The story you get to enjoy before dozing off can be your brain’s resource for your dreams. So if you want to dream about a fantastic adventure, grab an equally fantastic paperback before you go to bed.
The Right Books can be Better than a Lullaby
It wouldn’t be hard to find someone who’ll say reading makes them sleepy. And even if you’re an avid reader, there will always be some books that will bore you. So if you’re still highly energetic and very riled up by bed time, grab a dull book and go at it until you start feeling drowsy with sleep.
If you’ve been having a hard time falling asleep because of stress and worries, reading a book before bed might be the perfect solution for you. Combine it with a cozy Salem Bed and you might be surprised just how effective reading before bedtime can be.