Reading before bed is one of the best ways to prepare you for sliding into a deep restorative sleep.
We teach children the Bath Book Bed routine to help them feel sleepy, relaxed and safe when they fall to sleep, which then helps them to be more engaged and alert the next day. The same process can be translated for adults, as reading can do all of the above.
Silentnight sleep expert Dr Nerina recommends that all adults should pick up their favourite book in the evening and read for 24 minutes and 6 seconds in order to optimise their sleep.
"The nation should be reigniting reading habits and using this as a relaxing way to fall asleep. Reading a book for exactly 24 minutes and 6 seconds before you go to bed can really help you to slide effortlessly into deep restorative sleep. Choose a book that’s easy to read, positive and life affirming and this will help you let go of the stresses of the day and fall asleep feeling optimistic and peaceful."
Dr Nerina continues, "Feeling this way allows us to produce the ‘trust’ hormone oxytocin, which, in turn, helps you to make the sleep hormone melatonin - the perfect setup for a good night’s sleep. It’s also important to choose your reading material wisely. Try old favourites if you’re particularly stressed and avoid stress-inducing, overly exciting page turners that actually produce the stress hormone adrenaline."
Taking 24 minutes and 6 seconds out of your day to really focus on reading will make a huge difference to your overall lifestyle and could help to iron out any sleep related problems. Try it tonight and let us know how you feel.