Many of us admit to not reading enough; for whatever reason, we can’t seem to find the time to pick up a book, but what about just before going to bed? Reading a book as part of your bedtime routine can be very beneficial to your sleep and it’s a great way to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work. And did you know that reading before bed has lots of other benefits too?
You’ll find you probably sleep better
You’ll be amazed at how well you sleep following a relaxing evening with a good book rather than watching a film or TV. Reading is also a great way to relieve stress, and research has shown that those who read before bed are likely to see their stress levels reduce by as much as 68%, making picking up a book the perfect addition to your usual bedtime routine.
Reading before bed increases creativity
Reading at any time of day is great for boosting your creativity levels so if you’re after inspiration for a project or you just want to boost your creativity, take a book to bed.
You’ll become more empathetic
Empathy is an important trait to hold; as human beings, we need to be able to see things from other people’s points of view. It is also important that we be sympathetic towards the thoughts and feelings of others.
Taking the time to read both fiction and non-fiction before bed can help our brains to explore alternative theories and the perspectives of others whilst helping us with the above traits.
In a technology-led society, we are used to having everything we need at our fingertips and rarely do we have to think about something for too long – that’s if we don’t want to, of course! This means that our lives are much more efficient but regularly hampered by poor concentration, as all of these gadgets mean it’s often not long before we are ready to move on to the next thing – this is where reading comes in.
Immersing yourself in a book at bedtime can be a great way of retraining your brain to focus on something for longer than a few minutes. If repeated, getting to the end of a chapter each night will mean it’s far more likely that our ability to concentrate for longer will increase.
Will you be making a New Year’s resolution to read before bedtime?
If you read at bedtime already, do you find it beneficial to your sleep? Let us know in the comments.