“Read before bed” is the advice that comes up time after time when someone is searching for ways to get better sleep. The numbers don’t lie, and research shows that reading before bed is linked to benefits like reduced stress, improved sleep quality, insomnia relief, and longer sleep duration.
“Read before bed” is the advice that comes up time after time when someone is searching for ways to get better sleep. The numbers don’t lie, and research shows that reading before bed is linked to benefits like reduced stress, improved sleep quality, insomnia relief, and longer sleep duration. Experts suggest that when picking a book to read before bed, you stick with “a plot that’s drama-free, even boring” and “stay away from exciting genres like suspense and action.”
If you’re using a tablet or e-reader before bed, you may be worried about how screen time may affect your sleep. Rest assured, recent studies have shown that “the effect of using technology in the hour before our usual bedtime is smaller than most believe” and that these effects are usually highly dependent on the individual. Whether you’re using your e-reader, phone, or a good old-fashioned book, here are some of our top recommendations for books to read or listen to so you can unwind before you go to sleep.
Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker (Audiobook)
What could put you in the mood for sleep more than an audiobook on just that? Narrated by Steve West, Why We Sleep is brought to you by leading sleep expert Professor Matthew Walker. Walker aims to educate people on why sleep and dreams are so important and how they permeate nearly all facets of our lives.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - J.K. Rowling
Nothing is better than drifting off to sleep while being transported to a magical fantasy world, and Harry Potter is a cozy childhood classic that always delivers. Whether you’re reading for the first time or tapping into your inner child, this book is sure to relax your mind while stimulating your imagination.
Bedtime Stories For Stressed-Out Adults - Lucy Mangan (Audiobook)
If you’re missing the nostalgic comfort of someone reading you a bedtime story at night, look no further. Narrated by Daisy Relaxing and touted as “lullabies for grownups”, this audiobook weaves the relatability and stress of adulthood with the peace and wonder of our inner dream worlds for a truly relaxing and uplifting experience.
The Comfort Book - Matt Haig
Looking to end your night on a positive note? This one’s for you. The Comfort Book is a collection of author Haig’s stories, musings, and lists written over several years that are intended to serve as a beacon of encouragement and light to anyone who might need a little more positivity in their life. Grab this book and settle in for the literary equivalent of a warm hug.
The Dutch House - Ann Patchett (Audiobook)
The Dutch House is the story of two siblings, Maeve and Danny, living in post-World War II America. Used to living in luxury, they’re rudely awakened when they’re thrust out of their grand home and thrown into poverty. Lose yourself in this grown-up fairytale focusing on familial bonds and narrated by the soothing yet familiar voice of Tom Hanks.
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