13 Mar Read To Sleep Well
Friday is one of the best words.
Does it ever feel like there is this gigantic chasm between Monday and Friday? Usually my weekdays pass at a steady pace, but they aren’t usually filled with my favorite things.
Maybe that’s why I find myself clinging to the small bits of pleasure that are tucked away throughout the week. My goal every evening is to get everything done that needs and has to be done before I sit to relax and truly unwind.
By the time this happens there isn’t a whole lot of time actually left before my eyes close for the night. I wish I could buy a “pass” that would keep me up all night simply to read. That pass would also make you feel energized the next day.
Maybe one day someone will create this 🤔
When I do sit back and read, my goal is an hour, but that doesn’t usually happen.
📌 Did you know that even just six minutes of reading has been proven to lower your heart rate and lessen muscle tension?
So even if it’s just 5-10 minutes of reading before you hit the sack, your body is benefiting.
📌 Another thing you can do if you are reading before bed, is to slightly dim the light. My nightstand light doesn’t dim, so occasionally I will place a small hand towel around it to dim the light. This lowering of the lights is beneficial to the relaxing of your mind as you unwind. If you read on an e-reader, try lowering the light level a notch or two. Kindle backlights are different than pc screens and even iPad screens. Kindle lighting is made specifically for reading. The e-ink used has less of a contrast, therefore it is less disruptive to sleep.
📌 Reading also provides stress relief. When you are engaged in a story, you must stay focused upon the plot and characters. You can’t do this properly and still remain focused on stress. It is especially important to de-stress as much as possible before going to sleep. When you restfully sleep, your body heals and regenerates. If you aren’t sleeping well, you won’t be living well.
📌 One more thing about reading before bed. Make sure your sleeping place is cozy. Plump your pillows, make sure you have enough covers or a favorite blanket. De-clutter your sleeping area (unless books are your “clutter”—those can stay) and make it a spot where your mind can simply drift off comfortably and completely once you’ve read a few pages 📚🛏 💤
As a reader, I’m sure you are aware of the many benefits of reading before you sleep. But, if you aren’t or you would like to know more, check out this new campaign by @penguinrandomhouse called #readtosleep .
I mentioned above that my reading goal before bed is an hour. There are many nights when that doesn’t happen, but I promise you, there are next to no nights when I read zero minutes.
“Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.” —Vladimir Nabokov