Do you read on your bed?
According to a Pew Research Center survey in 2014, ¼ of American adults haven’t opened one book in 2013. This is such a shame because science has proven time and again how beneficial reading is at all stages of life. “Reading” here though pertains to opening a traditional book, not using an e-reader. Sadly, more and more people are using e-books instead of real books.
There are a lot of wonderful page-turners these days and you should not put them to waste. Make reading before bed a daily ritual and you can reap the benefits in the long run. These benefits include:
- Improved Cognitive Function
Being an avid reader may be boring to other people and they might tell you to stick to a handheld device or just skim an article on the Internet. But reading before bedtime can improve cognitive functioning as proven by several tests, including one that is out of a research by scientists from the Northern Illinois University. According to the study, book fanatics score higher in both generalized knowledge and vocabulary compared to non-readers.
- Decreased Mental Health Concerns
Anxiety and depression are two of the most commonly diagnosed mental health problems. Of course, this is not to say that reading can treat mental issues, but it can surely mitigate them. In fact, British general practitioners have started recommending book reading as a way to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Enhanced Sleep
The National Sleep Foundation states that reading before bedtime can help prepare the mind and body for sleep. Reading can put us in a relaxed state, which can separate the stresses of life from the time for sleeping.
- Reduced Blue Light
Studies have shown just how negative the impact of blue light can be to our mental and physical health. Most of us rely on our smartphones and tablets, and if not, we watch TV before bedtime. It’s time to stop this habit that’s wrecking our sleep cycle. Blue light emitted by electronics can disrupt our sleep, keeping us tossing and turning at night. Plus, we wake up grumpy and tired in the morning. This will not happen when we choose books over these devices.
It is no secret that reading, no matter what time of the day it is, can help us expand our vocabulary, improve our knowledge, and even enhance our analytical thinking skills. Reading at nighttime can also reduce stress and boost our focus. All these benefits verify that reading beats every other bedroom activity there is.