The Benefits of Reading Before Bed
What are the benefits of reading every night?I haven't stopped scrolling through social media, I just don't do it before sleeping anymore. While browsing the Books subreddit, I found a whole crew of fellow travelers who read books before bed instead of scrolling.One Reddit user Foz90 wrote about the value of reading (and getting off Reddit) at night:
"Nothing better than reading a book rather than yet another random comment chain on Reddit about something mildly interesting but also completely forgettable. This post is a useful reminder that it’s 10pm so I should get off Reddit and return to my current book!""The algorithms jamming content in your face so you won't stop looking," wrote another user. "It's a miracle any of us sleep at all."Here are just a few of the many benefits of reading a book before bed that researchers have discovered...
- Reading a book in bed before going to sleep has been proven to improve sleep quality.
- Night-time reading boosts cognitive performance and creativity.
- A book before bed helps you fall asleep faster!
- Bedtime books improve your sense of empathy.
- Reading a book at bedtime can reduce stress.
What type of book should I read before bed?The Fable community knows that reading enhances mental performance, improves your vocabulary, and even makes you more empathetic. But did you know that reading can also help you sleep better? There are two basic kinds of books that can help you sleep — self-help books and relaxing books that lull you to sleep. The trick is to find the right type of book — and we are here to help!The great writer Jorge Luis Borges once wrote "I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.” Surround yourself with some of these books tonight! What books should you read for better sleep?Start by reading a few self-improvement books focused on sleep habits and optimizing your sleep. These books are filled with tips and advice from experts, to help everyone sleep better, from babies to grown-ups.
Why We SleepBy Matthew Walker
Matthew Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity.
Yoga Nidra MeditationBy Pierre Bonnasse
A practice to consciously explore wakefulness, dreaming, deep sleep, and the very structure of your emotional, mental, and energetic bodies.
The Happy SleeperBy Heather Turgeon
Child sleep experts Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright show parents how to be sensitive and nurturing, but also clear and structured so that babies and young children develop the self-soothing skills they need to sleep better.
The Sleep RevolutionBy Arianna Huffington
The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on our worldwide sleep crisis and provides a detailed road map to the great sleep awakening that can help transform our lives, our communities, and our world.
Radiant RestBy Tracee Stanley
Develop a powerful practice of deep relaxation and transformative self-inquiry with this essential guide to yoga nidra, accompanied by downloadable audio meditations.
Dreaming Yourself AwakeBy B. Alan Wallace
A guide to harnessing the power of lucid dreaming and Tibetan dream yoga to achieve increased creativity and profound self-knowledge Some of the greatest of life’s adventures can happen while you’re sound asleep!
I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsBy Maya Angelou
Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.
Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out AdultsBy Various
From classic stories by Oscar Wilde, Guy de Maupassant and Katherine Mansfield, to friendly tales of our childhoods, to poetry, this lovingly curated book will soothe a tired mind and gently carry you to the peaceful land of sleep.
One Thousand and One NightsBy Hanan al-Shaykh
The mesmerizing stories of One Thousand and One Nights tell of the real and the supernatural, love and marriage, power and punishment, wealth and poverty, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate.
This collection is the 1912 translation by V. S. Vernon Jones, composed of two hundred and eighty-four of Greek fabulist and storyteller Aesop’s fables.