5 Reasons why reading before bed improves sleep

Learn how reading can improve your quality of sleep and more


Did you know bookworms get the best sleep?

This may not be strictly true, however, there is a lot of research that supports the benefits you can gain from trading in your smartphone for a good ol’ fashioned book.

  1. Reading improves cognitive function

Research published out of Northern Illinois University found that readers test higher in vocabulary and general knowledge than non-readers, so a quick read at bedtime can actually make you smarter.

  1. Reading improves your empathy

Emotional intelligence is a key to developing healthy relationships, but many people forgo developing their empathetic responses. Research published in the journal Science states that if you read literary fiction before bed, you’re more likely to understand others’ emotions and mental processes, which can improve the quality of your relationships.

  1. Reading reduces your stress levels

Researchers at the University of Surrey (UK) did a study to see if stress levels were reduced by reading, especially before bed. They found that stress levels were reduced by as much as 68 percent.

  1. Reading improves concentration

All that messaging and playing around with social media while trying to keep up with everything that is happening in the world is ruining our concentration. We never really concentrate on anything. But reading before bedtime forces you to process the information without all the visual aids of the computer or smartphone. You are training your brain to concentrate. As mentioned in our online course, “if you don’t use it, you will lose it.”

  1. You will be able to sleep faster

Look at how children adore stories before bedtime, as that helps them to get a great night’s sleep. Moving into a fictional world eases the tension and helps them relax better. That is one of the best ways to get a really restful sleep. What a pity it is that so many of us lose this habit as adults. Especially, as it keeps you away from bright lights and electronics (hint: don’t read on your phone or tablet, the light might disrupt your eyes and affect your sleep cycle) and soothes your body into the sleeping process.


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