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The Many Benefits of Reading Before Sleeping

The Many Benefits of Reading before Sleeping

If you haven’t read a book in a while, this article is all the motivation you need. Reading a book brings a myriad of benefits, especially if you do it right before going to sleep. Therefore, even if you have a super crammed schedule, you can always find a little time to read just before you doze off.

Reading Promotes Better Sleep
Ever wonder why children love bedtime stories so much? That is because they help them get a good night’s sleep. Moving into the world of fiction helps relieve tension and relaxes the body. That is one of the most effective ways to get long, restful sleep.

It Improves Cognitive Function
Reading enthusiasts usually perform better at tests related mental functioning as compared to those who do not read regularly. A study published by the Northern Illinois University concluded that book readers scored higher in general knowledge and vocabulary than non-readers, which means a quick bedtime read can actually make you smarter.

Reduces Stress Levels
The University of Surrey (UK) published a study that showed a 68% reduction in stress levels in people who read books, especially before hitting the bed. Therefore, at times when you have had a hard day, just pick up a book and you will notice your stress melting away.

Improves Concentration Level
Scrolling through social media while trying to juggle with other daily stuff does nothing but ruin our concentration. We never really concentrate on anything. However, when you read a book right before going to sleep, you are forcing your brain to process all the information without the help of all the visual aids of your gadget, thus training it to concentrate.

Helps Create a Serene and Peaceful Environment
Watching a violent TV show or reading the depressing news headlines before bed are certainly not the most peaceful things to do. What you need to do is create a quiet, cozy space where you can wind down and prepare your mind for sleep. When you watch any kind of screens, the blue light will make it harder for you to fall asleep. On the other hand, picking up a book instead provides a nice quiet time and is an experience unlike any other.

So, what book do you plan to read tonight?