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The Most Important Part of Your Nighttime Routine: Reading

January 14, 2021

Woman reading a book in bed at night with a bedside lamp on.

The New Year is a great time to begin practicing more self-care and to start developing a healthier lifestyle. One of the ways you can do this is by creating a bedtime routine filled with healthy habits. While you’ve likely got most of the basics down, such as brushing your teeth and putting on some cozy pajamas, you may be forgetting one important way to wind down. Reading before bed has a variety of benefits that will enable you to get a good night’s sleep. Check out the reasons below for why we believe that reading is the most important part of your nighttime routine.

Many studies continue to show that reading in the evening has countless benefits that can help you enjoy a restful night. Experts at Harvard’s Medical School state that developing a healthy bedtime routine is the key to a soothing sleep. One of the best ways to relax your body and mind before bed is by taking time to read. Research suggests that reading for just six minutes each night is enough to calm down your nervous system, allowing you to experience a better night’s sleep. 

Reading also gives you a chance to put down your phone and step away from the endless scrolling on social media. Turning off all screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime is a good rule to follow in a healthy nighttime routine. Blue light from screens has been shown to restrict melatonin production which may prevent your body from being able to fall asleep. Replace your usual screen time each evening with a good book to give both your mind and body a chance to prepare for sleep. 

Another way that experts recommend developing healthy sleep habits is by following a routine each night. By keeping a similar sleep schedule, your body’s internal clock becomes better regulated allowing you to wake up and fall asleep faster. Reading is a great way to help you keep a routine schedule for your evening. Once you become invested in a good book, you’ll find it easier to set aside time before bed for reading. 

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