As kids, reading was a common activity before bed. Cuddled up with mum reading a story or staying up all night working our way through a trilogy, reading in bed was a hugely cherished past time.
Now, at the end of a long day at work, some of us still wind down with a good book in bed. But finding the perfect comfortable position can be tricky. If you need glasses, it is hard to lay down comfortably while reading, and those that sleep next to a partner might only be able to read for a brief time before the light goes off.
Whether you are a total book worm, or want to start a digital detox, here is our guide to falling in love with reading before bed all over again.
Find a topic you love
There are no rules to what you should read. Whether you love a crime documentary or prefer a fiction love story, you can easily find a library full of books to choose from. You are not expected to dive into the classics if they are not really your thing.
Similarly, you do not have to stop enjoying fiction as you get older. While those around you might enjoy reading an auto-biography, you are more than welcome to let your imagination run loose.
You are also not required to finish a book you are not enjoying – though it can feel like a small failure. If you are conscious of wasting money on books, visit your local library to loan some so that you can find the right topic for you without having to pay.
One of the hardest things to do is stay comfortable while reading in bed. Tossing and turning, leaning on your arm and just not being able to find a comfortable position that lasts longer than a page can quickly make reading frustrating.
Reading Pillows are a great way to get comfy in bed. With a reading pillow you can sit up, with back support and comfort and read till your heart’s content. No more tossing and turning and no more squishing the corner of your glasses into your pillow.
Invest in a book light
If you do share a room with someone else, do not let that stop you. If you really get into a book and cannot bear to put it down, a clip-on book light will help you keep reading even when the lights go off.
Write tomorrow’s to-do list first
It can be hard to switch off and take time for yourself when the stresses of everyday life get in the way. Research shows that writing tomorrow’s to-do list tonight can help you get a better night’s sleep and have a more productive day. It will also help clear your head so that you can really get into your book.
Reading is a well-loved hobby and is so much more than reading the news on our smartphones. It is a great way to wind down and improve our sleeping pattern, too. So, prep yourself, get comfy and fall back in love with reading today.