As a busy adult, it can be easy to forget the importance of taking time for yourself. But did you know that developing a habit of reading before bed can be good for you? Often we find ourselves reading bedtime stories to our children, but it's time to create new habits and prioritize our own self-care.
Here are two reasons why reading at bedtime is beneficial:
1) Reading for as little as six minutes can reduce your stress by 60%. It can help you develop a relaxed state of mind and ready your body for the transition of the day to getting ready to sleep.
2) Reading can help you fall asleep by promoting sleepiness. It's a great alternative to scrolling through social media or watching TV, which can actually keep you awake longer. So, if you're looking to slow down your Netflix binge or enhance your current bedtime routines, here are some tips to consider:
First, create a cozy space. Make sure you have a comfortable spot to sit, a warm blanket or throw, and a few pillows to prop yourself up. Then, find a non-blue light reading light with warm tones. You want to create a relaxing atmosphere that will help you unwind.
Next, have a few diverse books close at hand as a visual prompt at nighttime. Having a physical book can be a great way to disconnect from technology and engage with your imagination. Consider trying a new genre or author to keep things interesting.
Regrettably, reading from a light-emitting e-reader at night can impact your body's internal clock that regulates sleep patterns. The e-readers and other blue-light emitting devices signal the body to wake as blue light naturally occurs during the day. Instead, opt for a physical book or use a device with a blue-light filter.
We hope these tips help you create your cozy evening routine. Remember, taking time for yourself is important and reading before bed can be a great way to unwind and prioritize your well-being.
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