Today is World Book Day, so today we’re going to be looking at one of the most popular techniques to help you drift off… reading a book!
Nowadays we’re more likely to fall asleep during that “just one more” box set TV programme, or if we do choose to read, it’s most likely on a Kindle or other device.
But as we’ve explored in previous blog posts, this late night exposure to electronics could be the very reason you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep.
So instead why not go back to what seems like the Dark Ages and ditch the box set for a good book?
Aside from allowing you to get lost in completely different worlds with the characters, the sciences tells us that reading van actually help you sleep.
This article from The Telegraph highlights how reading can reduce stress levels by up to 68 per cent, more than listening to music or going for a walk.
It’s believed that this is because the mind has to fully concentrate on reading, and is more easily drawn in.
In fact, reading for as little as six minutes can be enough to start easing stress. Obviously being able to completely de-stress is crucial for getting to sleep as it allows your body and mind to fully relax into the state they need to get to to achieve sleep.
Letting your mind drift into a literary world will ease the pressure in your muscles, as well as lowering your heart rate.
You can also use reading to get into a good routine, for example reading a chapter a night.
We often hear of the importance of creating a bedtime routine for our little ones, but it’s just as important for adults! A routine helps your brain realise that it’s time for sleep and start to shut down.
And best of all, reading brings a host of mental and physical benefits, so you’ll be enriching your brain while you try to drift off. (Of course this depends on what you’re reading. Fifty Shades of Grey we’re looking at you!)
If you’re a student, why not try catching up on some revision? Or perhaps invest in a puzzle book or Sudoku?
If you want some real inspiration, check out this list from Business Insider on ‘What Successful People Read Before Bed’.
It’s important that if you do choose to have a read in bed that you create the right atmosphere to help you switch off, so make sure that you keep the lights dimmed so that there’s just enough for you to read.
And of course, even the classics won’t be enough to help you drift off if you’re sleeping on a lumpy, uncomfortable mattress, so be sure to check out our range of mattress toppers so you can fully concentrate on getting your nose in a good book!