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Reading for Health

Books are one of the greatest inventions of Mankind. They allow us to visit places we might never visit, or to be people we might never be. They contain the fantastic, the mundane, the otherworldly, and so much more. Whether it’s fiction or fact, a book can teach much, and it can be a friend in desperate times. But its effect is not simply for the imagination – it’s for so much more.

Books can be enjoyed any time of the day, but a good book before bed can do wonders. Their benefit cannot be neglected, and here are a few reasons why.

Improved cognitive functions

A research published from Northern Illionois University found that avid readers that read often before sleep have a higher vocabulary and general knowledge than non-readers. This shows that reading before sleep can and does make you smarter.

Better public speakers

According to studies, people that read before bed are better public speakers. They claim that having a firmer understanding of language and how to use it has a great benefit both to knowing how to speak in public and to not feel shy when doing so.

Memory and mental abilities

People who read consistently before sleep exhibit greater abilities when it comes to remembering, and solving abstract problems. Immersing yourself in a book before sleep improves the way your brain processes information and that in turn helps with memory and mental capacity.

Reduces stress levels

A book can reduce the stress levels by reducing cortisol. This hormone can be useful, but when at higher levels it can lead to health problems such as weight gain, gastrotestinal problems, and depression. Reading in bed reduces cortisol to its required levels that allows sounder and healthier sleep.

Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers suggest that adults should read regularly, because one of the factors to stave off Alzheimer’s is brain activity, and reading is a fantastic way to do just that. The disease is not preventable, but healthy habits such as reading definitely reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Enhances empathy

One of the key factor is establishing and maintaining relationships with other people is EQ. When immersed in a book we feel what the characters feel and in turn we gain a deeper understanding and presence of empathy, simply by viewing the world through different angles and points of view.

It feeds imagination and lifts the mind

Imagination is a key part of the functioning of a healthy person. Reading for at least a few minutes before bed can improve imagination that leads to a new level conscience. It means reaching peace and relaxation right before sleep that allow for a deep and peaceful sleep.

While reading before sleep is important and leads to a healthier life overall, it’s important to note that losing sleep to reading can be detrimental to health. Reading might be fun and engaging but staying healthy is much more important.

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