Posture, Positions, and More for Comfortable Bed Reading

If you had a long day, but you can’t sleep, reading before you go to dreamland is one of the most underrated pleasures we have in life. It’s a favorite pastime that allows us to use our imagination and even learn new things. But reading isn’t always comfortable, especially after 10 minutes. If you’re thinking about reading tonight, here are some pieces of information that you will definitely find useful:


There should always be good support for your neck and back. Make sure you lie in bed without causing any pain or strain. If you’re sitting down, use pillows, such as horseshoe or a slanted pillow that’s large enough to provide support for your neck and back. You can also use small neck pillows as well. A physiotherapist can also provide you sound advice, especially if you have special needs.


Reading in bed usually means reading at night. Don’t strain your eyes reading in dim light, so always be near good lighting. You can choose from an overhead light, lamp, or an especially-designed light for book reading. It also helps if you wear your reading glasses if you have a pair. This way, your eyes will not feel tired even after reading several pages of the book.

Posture and Position

Probably the recommended posture is to lay down on the bed with pillows propped up at an angle that you’re most comfortable with. Bend your knees to rest the book there and have the pillows support your neck and head. This posture will not put strain on your head, neck, and even your wrists. Other favorite positions for reading are:

  • On either the left or the right side while holding the book with one hand
  • In a lounge position with pillows on the headboard or the wall
  • Lying on the back with the book held up and arms are straight
  • On the tummy with the book on the floor and with the head hanging over the edge of the bed
  • On the stomach with elbows supporting the head up

For some people though, it depends on which position they are most comfortable with. It also helps if you read in a place that is quiet, so you can focus on what you are reading. If you have insomnia, some doctors advise reading can help, but others say we should avoid reading before bedtime. Talk to your doctor first, so you will know which one is best for you.