I get that the headline of this story makes it sound like reading books is so boring that it will put you right to sleep. That’s not it at all. Well, I suppose it depends on the book. However, given the option between reading a book and other activities when you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, picking up any book may be the way to go.
It makes sense. There’s a reason parents read books to their children to get them to fall asleep. According to Yahoo!, sleep experts are encouraging adults to pick up books for themselves at bedtime. A study published by the National Institutes of Health shows that reading really can help you fall asleep faster. Just be sure you’re not reading too late or for too long.
Reading a book can also reduce your stress level and calm racing thoughts. Who hasn’t gone to bed with something on their mind, only to spend the night tossing and turning over it? Losing yourself in a book can help, and it doesn’t even take very long. Real Simple reports that reading as few as six pages can reduce stress by up to 68 percent.
What’s all this talk about books? It is 2023, after all. What about watching TV or reading something on a phone, laptop, or e-reader? Bad idea. The light emitted by those devices throws off your body clock and can actually create stress, among other things. In fact, even if I feel my eyes are getting heavy with drowsiness, looking at my phone will reverse that. Suddenly, I’m wide awake again. But the good old fashioned paper pages of a book do the trick every time, even if I like the story.