As the world becomes more chaotic and stressful, getting a good night’s sleep has become increasingly difficult. Many people turn to watching TV, scrolling their social media feeds, listening to music, or reading to help them unwind before bedtime. But did you know that out of all of those activities, reading has been proven to be one of the very best things you can do before bedtime? Keep reading to learn more about these 6 impressive health and wellness benefits that you can receive by snuggling up with a great book before bed.
1. Reading Reduces Stress
According to a study conducted by the University of Sussex (2009), reading before bed can reduce stress levels by up to 68%. The study concluded that reading before bed is even more effective than drinking a cup of warm tea or listening to relaxing music. Even as little as six to ten minutes of reading per night can assist in dramatically reducing stress levels and combatting troublesome insomnia.
2. Reading Reduces Screen Time
Getting in the habit of cuddling up with your favorite book can significantly reduce the amount of time you spend binge-watching the newest Netflix series or catching up on emails that can actually interfere with your quality of sleep. There have been many studies that have proven that the use of electronics and the blue light they emit contribute to sleep problems as it interferes with your circadian rhythm. Because physical books don’t emit blue light you’ll find that falling and staying asleep becomes much easier.
3. Reading Increases Your Creativity and Ability to Focus
Getting lost in a book before bed is not only relaxing and enjoyable, it can actually have an impact on your creativity and ability to focus. Many CEOs and world leaders make time to read before bed, including billionaire CEO, Bill Gates. Bill Gates once said "I read an hour almost every night. It's part of falling asleep.”
4. Reading Can Help Establish a Good Sleep Routine
Bedtime routines aren’t just for children. Studies recommend that adults should establish a sleep routine between thirty and sixty minutes as it gives your mind and body time to unwind and relax before bed. Reading is an excellent way to wind down after a long and stressful day. Just remember to read something relaxing and enjoyable and save your favorite thrillers for the daytime.
5. Reading Exercises Your Mind
According to a study by the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America, people that actively exercise their minds by reading can reduce their chances of developing the degenerative cognitive disease, Alzheimer's by up to 2.5 times!
6. Reading Before Bed Can Improve Your Quality of Sleep
Reading before bed not only relaxes and eases your mind, it can also improve your quality of sleep. As you read, the muscles of your eyes work to rapidly scan the text which can help to naturally tire you out and help you drift into a quality night’s sleep.